Church of the Holy Cross in Kraków


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The Church of the Holy Cross is a small but at the same time impressive Gothic building located just next to the Julius Slowacki Theatre. The simplicity of the exterior contrasts with the rich interior where you can find beautifully coloured wall paintings and wonderful Gothic palm vault.

A wooden church was erected at the turn of the 13th century. In 1244, the church was handed over to the neighbouring Hospita of Holy Spirit, whose symbol was the double cross, which apperas in several places around the church. The current limestone and brick structure was built at some time in the 14 century. In 1982, the large complex of buildings associated with the Hospital was levelled to make way for the Julius Slowacki Theatre. The only buildings that survive are the Scholars Hospital, the church itself and a Ghotic monastic building, now the vicarage of the church.

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