Premonstratensian Church in Krakow


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The Premonstratensian Nuns’ Church and Cloister was founded in 1162 on the banks of the Vistula river in Zwierzyniec (today district of Krakow). This location was not accidental, convent guarded the main road from the west to Krakow and was fortified. However it was conquered and destroyed many times by invaders – Tatars, Swedes and others.

After each destruction it was rebuilt in different style. Its today’s appearance of the small nave church and extensive convent comes from rebuilding in 1595 – 1604. Legend says that during the first destruction of the church by Tatars in 1241, invaders threw the bell into Vistula and since then every year on Midsummer Night of St John the Baptist on 24th June, the bell rises to the surface of the river, rings once and then sinks back down.

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