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Church of the Virgin Mary (Kosciol Mariacki)

Plac Mariacki 5, Krakow, Poland (Stare Miasto)
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Ranked #4 of 144 Attractions in Krakow
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Fee: No
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... more » 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. « less
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Admission charge is 10 zloty for adults ,5 zloty for seniors and 5 zloty to take photos.Tourists enter from the right side of the church.Ticket booth is adjacent to the church.Some photos are available for purchase (7 zloty for an assortment.) The Bugle player performs on the hour at the top of the tower.The tower is presently closed for climbing.The... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Don't dare walk on by this gem. I've never seen a church interior like this one. Gorgeous, inspiring, brilliant blue and gold. Lovely!

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Great Falls, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We had seen many, many beautiful churches throughout Europe, but St. Mary's Church knocked us for a loop. It is truly lovely, and we rate it a "must see" when you are in Krakow. And be sure to pay the extra 5 zloty (about $1.50) for permission to take photographs. You cannot run around or look up without one after... More

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

It is very lavish and beautiful. This church is well worth a visit even if you are not really into churches.

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sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The church is one of the most impressive churches I've been into and is well worth paying the admission price for.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Its pretty impressive from the outside but even better inside. Ever hour some one places a trumpet/bugle from one of the towers. We never managed to spot him. We went in briefly, we went in the wrong door, realised it was just for people who was going to worship, general public have to go via a door at the side.... More

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Great but their translation of literature says historically the high altar piece was made to worship the Virgin Mary, which is just the sort of verb protestants rightly object to. Venerate I hope.

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hertfordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This medieval church is very attractive with paintings and attractive designs. On the hour a trumpeter blows a bugle call.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

St Mary's is a must-see in Krakow. The first time we tried to visit it, we were stopped because a wedding was in progress. We got to see it the next day, and we were happy we went back for it. There's some awe-inspiring art in there, on the walls and the ceilings and the windows. I'm not Christian -... More

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York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Very dark inside and a little disappointing because there was renovations being carried out. well worth the climb into the bell tower.

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