Cistercian Abbey in Krakow


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The Cistercians were brought to Krakow in 1222 by Bishop Iwo Odrowaz. The Cistercian Abbey was built just a bit later and consecrated in 1266. Today’s abbey has a newer, Baroque façade designed and was erected by Franciszek Moser in 1779 – 1780.

But the interior of the church remained in its older Gothic character. It is decorated with rare 16th century frescoes and contains many Renaissance paintings by Stanislaw Samostrzelnik. There is also a crucifix which is said to have miraculous powers. Worth seeing are Gothic cloisters and the chapter house which contains 19th century paintings by Michal Stachowicz.

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