Church of St Mary in Kraków| Mariacki Church

 

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The imposing Church of Saint Mary was built by the citizens of Krakow to rival the Royal Cathedral on Wawel Hill. Its silhouette dominates the Main Market and is one of the best recognized landmarks of the city. It is a typical Gothic structure made of red brick and pale limestone.


Bulding works started in 1355 but the vaulting, chapels and lower tower were finished much later. Lower tower was finished in the beginning of the 16th century. This great basilica contains a large sandstone Crucifix by Veit Stoss, which is a fine example of the 15th century sculpture as well as an exceptional number of important works of art. Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz in Polish) carved also a famous Altar of the Virgin which is 12 meters long and 11 meters high. The pentagonal, Baroque porch was built in the mid-18th century to a design by Francesco Placidi. The Hejnal Tower is famous because of its trumpet call – the Hejnal, which is sounded hourly from the tower. The call is unfinished in memory of medieval trumpeter, as the legends says a Tatar's arrow pierced the throat of the bugler whilst giving the alarm and till now the alarm is stopped suddenly while sounding.

Opening hours:

every day – 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

at 11:50 a.m. take place the dedication of Veit Stoss's Altar of the Virgin

 

Entrance tickets:

6 PLN – normal

3 PLN – reduced

*between 1st may and 31st August on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m – 5:30 p.m. you can also visit the Church Tower. Entrance is from the side of Florianska Street. Entrance costs 5 PLN per adult and 3 PLN per child up to 12 years old.





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