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“Impressive and Beautiful”

Church of the Virgin Mary (Kosciol Mariacki)
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of the most famous of Poland's churches, this Gothic structure features two striking towers, the taller of which is a magnificent Gothic spire with a gold-plated crown built in 1666.
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We went in during an evening worship service and briefly participated. The organ was beautiful but we didn't stay too long as the service was in Polish, which we do not speak and the church was also quite crowded. We returned the next day on a guided tour of Krakow, just in time for the daily opening of the alter (noon). We believe this is the most beautiful church in Krakow and one of the nicest anywhere.
The church was built in the 13th century and rebuild in the 14th century. Every hour (day and night), a trumpeter plays part of a song from a window in the tallest of the two towers. It ends in mid-note. This commemorates the famous 13th century trumpeter who was shot in the throat while successfully sounding the alarm of a pending Mongol attack.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Impressive church on the inside and out. We were initially confused, because you buy tickets across the small courtyard from the visitors entrance. Tickets were 10 zloty, but they charge an additional 5 if you want to take pictures. The inside was heavily policed for people taking pictures without the photo sticker, and that did take away from the experience a bit.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

It is a beautiful Gothic style church with the two tall towers , inside it is amazingly beautiful especially the alter, as mass was on and it was overcrowded I was not able to spend more time and see all the side alters.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Do not miss this superb baroque church at Rynek Glowny, the central market, with the magnificent altar by Veith Stoss and the stone crucifix he also made.
Every full hour, high up in the tower, the man with the trumpet is giving his melody.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Take the visitors entrance around the corner after buying a ticket in the information opposite the entrance.

Thank Lars B
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