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St. Mary’s Basilica

St. Mary’s Basilica

Many of Krakow’s inhabitants, when asked about the most famous church in their city, would point out St. Mary’s Basilica, also known as St. Mary’s Church. Without a doubt, it is one of the most recognizable symbols of Krakow.

Two massive towers crowning this gothic building have dominated the skyline of the city since the 15th century, when the taller one was constructed up to 81 metres high, and the other to 69 metres. From the higher tower, a trumpeter looks out at the city while playing the Hejnał Mariacki every hour in each of the four cardinal directions. Upon entering the basilica, tourists may wish to lift their eyes to admire the Basilica of three aisles that has been maintained by rich families throughout the centuries. Today it is one of the most splendid objects of sacred architecture. After many renovations, it has taken the form of a neo-gothic building while hiding in its interiors a real “historical pearl”; the wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss.

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