St Mary’s Church ~ Cracow

St Mary’s Church

Cracow, Poland

Krakow’s original St. Mary’s Church was destroyed during the 13th-century Tartar raids; rebuilding began relatively soon after.  The present church was built on the foundations of its predecessor, which was built before the town plan of 1257. This is why it stands slightly askew from the main square.  The new St. Mary’s Church was completed in 1397; the towers were added in the 15th century.

The church’s two towers (15th century) are noticeably of different heights. Legend has it that they were built by two brothers, one of whom grew jealous of the other’s work and killed him with a sword. You can even see the purported murder weapon, hanging in the gate of the Sukiennice.

For more information about this magnificent church – click here

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