Church of the most Holy Saviour in Krakow

 

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One of Krakow’s oldest churches, the Church of the Holy Savior stands on the site of the former early Slavic temple. The exact date of its foundation is a matter of controversy.


Some scholars believe it was built before Poland's conversion to Roman Catholicism in 996 and belongs to a time when Krakow was a satellite of the Great Moravian Empire, which practised eastern-rite Christianity. Others prefer a date after Prince Mieszko conversion, namely 1148. Since then it was burned and rebuilt many times and its present look is the result of the 17th century reconstruction. In the interior there are precious frescoes from the early 16th century. The church is surrounded by a small, scenic cemetery, including a wall-tomb for the Sisters who maintained it.



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