Tyniec – Benedictine Abbey close to Krakow


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Tyniec lies only 12 km from the centre of Krakow. This monastery village is famous for picturesque Benedictine Abbey which is located on the steep limestone of Vistula escarpment. The Abbey was probably founded around 1044 by King Kazimierz I the Restorer on the site of a prehistoric fortress.

Its function was not only religious but also military one. In many abbey walls you can find Romanesque fragments from the 14th century. In 15th century basilica was replaced by a Gothic church. Its present Baroque style comes from rebuilding in 1618 – 1622. The church still retains its monumental Baroque altars together with some original Romanesque elements which survived in the underground parts of the abbey. If you wish to visit Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec, please contact us.

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