CHURCHES IN AND AROUND KRAKÓW
The Catholic faith is a major part of the culture of Poland. The beloved Pope John Paul II studied and ascended the papal hierarchy in Kraków. Here are five important churches you should try to see on a visit here:
ST. MARY’S BASILICA
is a beautifully adorned Gothic style church in the Main Market Square, a stunning example of the architectural style of the city. It is known as the home of the largest wooden Gothic altarpiece in the world and beautiful stained glass windows.
SANCTUARY OF DIVINE MERCY
has a modern style basilica as well as an older, simple chapel where the miraculous image of the Merciful Jesus can be found. Below it is a white marble coffin, the resting place of Saint Faustina Kowalska, the “Apostle of Divine Mercy.”
is one of the most historically significant churches in the area—the site of over 30 coronations; the resting place of most of the Polish rulers and national heroes; and an extraordinary example of Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles.
JASNA GóRA MONASTERY IN CZESTOCHOWA
is a famous pilgrimage site known for the icon of the Black Madonna, which is said to have miraculous healing powers. It may be visited on a day trip from Kraków.
ST. KINGA’S CHAPEL IN THE WIELICZKA SALT MINES
often called “the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland,” is a unique and dazzling work of art, crystal-like chandeliers made of rock salt light the impressive hall, filled with statues and art works carved also entirely of rock salt. The site was listed as one of the original UNESCO World Heritage Sites.