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Church of the Virgin Mary (Kosciol Mariacki)
Plac Mariacki 5, Krakow, Poland (Stare Miasto)
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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.
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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“Must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Beautiful church.The altar is a must see and at midday you must catch the opening of the altar it is breathtaking

Visited September 2013
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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“if you are into churches, see this one”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Don't miss the bugler! He's there every hour in the tower. Watch him wave.

The interior is definitely worth taking time to see.

Visited July 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“My Favorite Place in Krakow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Probably the most famous Polish Church after Jasna Gora in Czestochowa. You can stand for hours in front of the main alter created by Vit Stwosz in 15 century and you will not be able to fully comprehend the unbelievably artistry and technique that took to create this masterpiece. For anyone religious, it is a wonderful place to pray and meditate.

Visited August 2013
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Eance, France
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“Definitely worth a look.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I'm not really a church goer, but as i was there I popped in. Was somewhat disappointed to find I had to pay to enter, but once inside all moans were forgotten.
The ceiling is quite simply spectacular, the windows are beautiful and the entire building is stunning.
The peace and quiet inside is a marked difference from the bustling main square of Krakow just yards away, and the tranquility inside gives you the time and the ability to soak in the atmosphere of this incredible building.
Even if you aren't a church goer, or have a particular interest in architecture, this church really is worth half an hour of your time.
Minor gripes, paying to get in and having to pay for a ticket to take pictures.

Visited August 2013
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“Look out for the Bugle Boy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Wonderful church very beautiful decorations. Look out for the guy who pops out at the top playing a bugle and waving worth the wait to see him. If you join the free walking tour all will be explained.

Visited August 2013
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