It would be difficult to choose just one church in Krakow Poland to visit. There are many beautiful churches in Krakow that tourists visit each year. In fact, there are probably as many churches as there are Krakow hotels. When vacationing in Krakow, put these churches on your “must see” list.
- Holy Cross Church – Although the outside of the church does not look appealing, this 14th century church is amazing inside. The central pillar looks like a palm tree and the medieval frescos are beautiful. The church is located just behind the Slowacki Theatre.
- Holy Trinity Basilica – Dominican friars built this church in 1250. Although it was almost totally destroyed in 1850, it was rebuilt in 1872. People believed that the image of Our Lady of the Rosary found inside the church has healing powers.
- SS Peter & Paul’s Church – There are two features that make this church fascinating: the images of the twelve disciples standing on the gates outside the church and the Foucault Pendulum. Leon Foucault, a French physicist, invented the pendulum to prove the earth’s rotation. Daily shows provide history and explain the pendulum’s use.
- St. Adalbert’s – This is Krakow’s oldest church and is a mixture of several religious and architectural styles including pre-Roman, Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Parts of the building date back to the 11th century.
- St. Barbara’s – This church served the local Polish inhabitants during the middle ages. The most attractive feature of this church is the 15th century sculpture depicting the garden of Gethsemane located just inside the entrance.
- St. Bernard’s – Founded by St. John of Capistrano, a Franciscan priest who wanted the church and monastery to be a safe place for those wanting to atone for sins and live by the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, this church dates back to the late 15th century. Burned completely in 1655 for fear it would fall into the hands of Swedish troops, the church was rebuilt in the Baroque style around 1655.
- St. Casimir’s – Built somewhere between 1666 and 1672, the church has very modest furnishings and elements, which adheres to the beliefs of the church’s founders. The main attraction is the church’s vaults that naturally mummify bodies that are placed in the crypt. Visitors who want to see the mummified bodies must first ask for permission.
- St. Francis’ Basilica – Beautiful murals painted by Stanisław Wyspiański adorn the inside of this church. Wyspiański also created the eight stained-glass windows including “God the Father in the Act of Creation.” The church is the first brick building in the city, dating back to the 13th century.