Franciscan Church in Kraków


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Grodzka Street is crossed by All Saints Square (Plac Wszystkich Swietych). On its corner with Franciszkanska Street stands the Franciscan Church – one of the oldest churches in Krakow. First works were started in 1255, but its current appearance comes more from the time it was rebuilt in 1436 in Gothic style.

After the fire in 1850 it was reconstructed and received neo-Gothic interior which today makes the church renowned for more than its architecture. It attracts many visitors from all over the world. The polychrome painting in the chancel and transept is in Art Nouveau style. Murals were designed by Stanislaw Wyspianski. He also designed the stained-glass windows. The composition “God the Father” in the west window is considered the most beautiful Polish stained-glass. Among the Baroque altars along the sides of the nave is a painting of St Maksymilian Kolbe – Polish priest who sacrificed his life in Auschwitz concentration camp to save the life of other prisoner who had family.

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