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Church of the Virgin Mary (Kosciol Mariacki)

pl. Mariacki 5, Krakow 31-042, Poland
+48 604 444 731
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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.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
pl. Mariacki 5, Krakow 31-042, Poland
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+48 604 444 731
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We just bought a ticket and went in to look around - not part of a tour. It is a beautiful building inside - amazing stonework, woodcarving, stained glass windows, painted colours and gold gilding all around. Well work just going in and admiring it...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is one of the most beautiful churches I've seen, every part of it is highly decorated and truly wonderful. People gathered on benches to watch the huge altar open up to reveal the most stunning carvings. There's such a lot to look at would...More

Thank 941whirly_10
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The church interior is absolutely stunning and well worth the price of admission. The colors and details in each part are amazing and very diverse. Do pay the extra 10 zloty to take pictures. Be sure to go between noon and 6 pm when the...More

Thank CalGal2012
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you are not christian, you cannot avoid to visit it, the architecture is so impressive and it's one of the most beautiful Basilique that I've visited so far.

Thank Mbagur
Reviewed 1 week ago

Right on Krakow main square, unbelievable wood carved altar. A small admission fee is required. The altar is opened @11:45 and remains open for about 4 or five hours. This is a must see on the square

Thank beachcomber33706
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful church and its blue ceilings are unique. Do yourself a favor and buy the tickets (very cheap) and enter at the side. You can enter for free from the entrance at the square but that is for people who want to...More

Thank Robza
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing views from the top of the tower. It is definitely worth the almost 300 steps!! Also, the inside of the cathedral is breath taking. There is so much detail in the design it is unreal.

Thank Cfrulla
Reviewed 1 week ago

like a lot of people we like to see these beautiful towns from up high to get that panoramic view. so we purchased tickets to climb the St. Mary's stairs. you need to do this early in the morning the day you wish to climb...More

Thank al g
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful church, with unique artwork and decorations. Be aware of the frequent Mass times because you can't get inside to look around whilst services are going on, which makes complete sense. You need to buy tickets from across the road (clearly signed) before you...More

Thank Adam R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This basilica is situated in a corner on the main square in Krakau. There are great glass stained windows to be seen. The interior is impressive. Please be aware that the Polish people are very religious and there are always people who pray here. So...More

Thank Hans V
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Urszula C
May 4, 2017|
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Response from GreekBourne | Reviewed this property |
We just turned up on the day and got a ticket..We were there Easter week and saw the opening of the altar and had no problem. As AndrzejK0725 mentioned above..Do visit the top of the tower also...Absolutely stunning!
April 11, 2017|
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Response from Barbara B | Reviewed this property |
The Altar is opened just before noon and, from what I remember the guide saying, it closes just after 17.00. I wanted to see the Altar closed but never managed to return in time. I hope this helps.
April 10, 2017|
Response from emilysmom2003 | Reviewed this property |
You can see the church without an admission charge at any time, but you cannot get close to the altar. I'm not sure whether admission to the part of the church near the altar is free, but it's not very expensive in any event. More