St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow

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Featuring two prominent towers, the red brick St. Mary's Basilica dominates the main square of the city's Old Town. Built in the early 13th century, the church features the largest Gothic altarpiece in the world, carved by German sculptor Veit Stoss. The masterpiece was claimed by the Nazis and moved to Germany during World War II. Recovered and restored after the war, it now sits behind the church's high altar. Admire the bottom of the central panel, which depicts the death of Jesus' mother. On the hour, you can hear the trumpet signal play from the top of the taller tower. Make St. Mary's Basilica a part of your Krakow vacation plans using our Krakow trip planner.
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  • Gorgeous bulidings, great marketplace in the middle, buy things you didnt know you needed. Hundreds of places to eat, and those little stalls to get round bagels are always nice. Random chinese guy... 
    Gorgeous bulidings, great marketplace in the middle, buy things you didnt know you needed. Hundreds of places to eat, and those little stalls to get round bagels are always nice. Random chinese guy...  more »
  • Amazing place , lots of places to eat and drink and a huge square. There are also lots of place you could get souvenirs from. 
    Amazing place , lots of places to eat and drink and a huge square. There are also lots of place you could get souvenirs from.  more »
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  • There are about five things that one simply must see when in Krakow, and St. Mary's is probably the most important of all of them, and the most magnificent. It is a church unlike any other in western Christendom because of its western, Gothic, architecture and eastern, orthodox-like, richly colorful interior. There is a small fee to view the church and another fee if you wish to take photos inside, both are around $2-$3. The most unique thing about the church is the bugle played from the taller tower every hour on the hour, if you hang out in the square enough you'll get to know it well. It is possible to ascend the tower...for a small fee, and if you do it at 5 min prior to the top of the hour you can be right there when the bugler plays his melody...and it is AWESOME!!!
  • This church is simply stunning, must see from the inside. The amount of detail is amazing! I've seen hundreds of churches and cathedrals around Europe, but this is one of my favorites.

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