St Marys Basilica

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  • Address: St. Mary’s Basilica, Plac Mariacki 5, Krakow, Poland
  • Timings: 11:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: 10 PLN
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Tower, Architecture

St Marys Basilica - Review

Originally built in the 13th century, the imposing structure that stands opposite the main market square was completed in 1347. Built in the brick Gothic style it has now become a template for Polish style churches all over the world. The brooding exterior, with two towers, the taller at 80 metres built in the classic Gothic spiral, is contrasted by an opulent and rich interior. Of note is the wooden altar piece, which at 13 m of height and 11 m of width, is the largest Gothic altarpiece. It has an interesting history which begins with it being carved in the 15th century by famed Gothic and Renaissance sculptor Veit Stoss. To protect it from the Germans, it was dismantled and kept in crates mere weeks before the Second World War. However the Germans found the crates and looted them, as they often hoarded priceless historical artefacts and works of art to fund the war effort or to add to their collection. The crates ended up in Nuremburg Castle, where despite heavy bombarding they survived and the altar piece was restored to its rightful place and former glory in 1949. Every hour, the Hejnał Mariacki, a traditional Polish anthem is played on the trumpet from the top of the taller tower. This is an 8 century old tradition kept alive to this day, with the noon trumpet call being broadcast over the national radio.

St Marys Basilica Information

  • St. Mary’s Basilica is also known as Church of the Virgin Mary, Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and in Polish Koacioa‚ Mariacki.
  • It is located in the old town, opposite the main market square. You can plan a day around the old town and include the church in your itinerary.
  • It can get crowded during tourist season.
  • Enquire ahead if the altar piece is open for when you are going to visit.
  • Be sure to catch at least one of the traditional trumpet calls.
  • The minimal ticket price is worth it for the altar piece and the interiors.
  • There are plenty of eateries in the old town.

St Marys Basilica Ticket Prices

  • Adults : 10 Zloty (around 2.5 Euro)
  • Students, children and old aged pensioner : 5 Zloty (around 1.25 Euro)

How To reach St Marys Basilica by Public Transport

  • The buses numbered 124, 152, 304, 424, 502 and the trams numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 24 and 52 can be taken here. The stop is the Main Market Square.

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  • St Marys Basilica Address: St. Mary’s Basilica, Plac Mariacki 5, Krakow, Poland
  • St Marys Basilica Timing: 11:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • St Marys Basilica Price: 10 PLN
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Things to Know Before Visiting St Marys Basilica

  • 95% of people who visit Krakow include St Marys Basilica in their plan

  • 40.88% of people start their St Marys Basilica visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see St Marys Basilica

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73.16% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting St Marys Basilica

People normally club together Cloth Hall and Wawel Royal Castle while planning their visit to St Marys Basilica.

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St Marys Basilica, Krakow Reviews

  • Saint Mary's Basilica on Kraków's central town square is without a doubt one of the most impressive churches I have visited in Poland. I had a great time admiring the many details decorating the interior. Being catholic I also had a confession and spent some time meditating in the Chapel, which is good for the soul, and also allowed me to get out of the tourist throng at the entrance. Friendly congierges. Recommended, for eyes as well as soul.

  • What a beautiful church. I highly recommend you going up on the top and have a view of the old town in Krakow. It is a must go place if you love photography ! However, be ware that this is an old church so there is no elevator. You have to walk on stairs to go up and the view definitely worth the effort !

  • The tower is a nice climb. The bazilica altar is fascinating. How Hitler tried to steal it is very interesting

  • Beautiful church. Remember to look up at the blue ceiling after entering. IMPORTANT: Go earlier to ensure the ticket to go up the tower doesn't run out!

  • One the most beautiful church I have seen. Gothic architecture is beautiful. Church stands at the center of the city and has been part of the reach history of Kraków. The main altar of this church was stolen and almost destroyed by Nazis but thankfully after some 15 years and lots of restoration this grand and immensely beautiful altar came back home.

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