St Mary's Basilica
St Mary's Basilica
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
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11:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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One of the most famous of Poland's churches, this Gothic structure features two striking towers of different heights and surprisingly richly decorated insight, mostly thanks to the vibrant polychromy by great Polish artist Jan Matejko. The greatest masterpiece is though the Main Altar by Veit Stoss - a late Gothic illustration for St. Mary's and Jesus life, including scenes of Mary's death and Assumption. Please note that the church, including Main Altar, is currently under long maintenance and renovation works, which may be of some inconvenience.
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK8,603 contributions
This is a beautiful building in the main square of Krakow old city. The ticket office is on the right hand side as you face the main doors - you can buy a ticket for either the church itself or the tower but be aware that the tower one doesn't cover the church too, you need both. Tower tickets are timed entrance as it is a narrow staircase with very limited room at the top.
The main church is ok in a very gaudy and gilt way, if you like bling then you'll love it otherwise it's rather over the top! The altar is a superb carving but again, the gold paint spoils it in my opinion and it would look far better in naked wood.
The tower has around 270 steps and some of the staircases are narrow but there are impressive views over the top. We were in the tower longer than the actual church but it was certainly worth the £7 it costs to do both.
Written September 22, 2021
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kwiewiorowski
Poznan, Poland2,217 contributions
Arguably, the most famous and most characteristic church in Poland. It is a huge gothic basilica with unmistakable towers in the middle of equally huge Main Square (Rynek Glowny), the biggest of the kind in Europe. Nor surprisingly, for such a unique building it has been renovated to the point that is shines and glimmers. The biggest attraction surely is a priceless medieval triptych over the altar made by a German artist Wit Stwosz. The whole experience is very moving and is also a prove how rich and colorful life must have been in those, supposedly dark, ages. There is a fee. It is a MUST.
Written January 16, 2022
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alehope30
121 contributions
Bazylika Mariacka is a church faced on the wonderful Rynek Glowny (the main square). Inside is rich of elements and artistic works. It deserves a visit.
You have 2 ways of entry. You can go through the main access in front of the church and it is free entry. This is done in order to allow people which only want to pray. You can't go around the church (there is barrier) and if the security think you want to visit the church and just don't pay, they will invite you to go out (my guide told me sometimes it is happened).
The second way it would be the right way for tourists, you enter beside the church, you can go around and the admission is 10 PLN.
It is your choice which way, anyway church is very nice.
Written August 29, 2020
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Julia
Trencin, Slovakia63 contributions
Nice church with impressive ceiling, but it should be free as a church. The most of churches and cathedrals around the world are with free entry. Krakow (but I think it is whole Poland, because Warsaw is the same) ask fee for almost every church or museum. Big cities with more famous and bigger buildings have at least something for free. Fees are not so high, but it is a principle. And ticket office is extremely small - waited 15 min. to buy tickets in small crowded room.
Written July 20, 2022
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Jakub Molesky
Krakow, Poland7 contributions
Very beautiful church which is a must see attraction in Krakow. Located in the city center so there is no excuse for you not to go here. Every hour they have a guy playing a trumpet in one of the towers. This church has a rich history. I recommend joining one of the free walking tours and hearing some of the stories about this building.
Written May 4, 2020
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Dials
Belfair, WA108 contributions
A must see in Krakow. Be there before the 11:30 opening to get a great view of the "unveiling" of St, Mary at 11:50 am. After go outside for the noon bell and the trumpeter at the top of the steeple signalling in the four different directions.
Written July 12, 2022
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Mike C
Guildford, UK1,166 contributions
Well worth a visit, standing on one side of the main Rynek square. Apart from going into the basilica the unique thing about this building is the tower and the trumpeters. A trumpeter sounds out every hour on the hour, 24 hours a day from the very top of the tower. It is a historical tradition to mark the trumpet warning of invaders and at the end of the trumpeting the tune ends abruptly ever time to mark the moment when the trumpeter was silenced by being hit by an arrow fired by the invaders. You can buy a ticket to go up the tower and at the top there is a great view.
Written September 4, 2020
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Rachel G
Leicester, UK32 contributions
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While not being a Catholic, the church is one of the most beautiful buildings in krakow. Listen carefully for the bells and the trumpets that play on the hour and check out the story behind it! The building inside is stunning with golden arches and the pews are still intact which makes it a wonderful place to pray. It's 5 zloty for students and 10 zloty otherwise, definitely worth it for a chance to see one of krakow most iconic figures
Written February 29, 2020
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Ann-Marie_London_UK
London, UK316 contributions
We got a ticket to climb to the top. Not too difficult takes about 10 minutes. It is worth it for the wonderful views you get of the main square when you reach the top. Tickets are purchased from a little shop next to the basilica. If you are on limited time you should arrive early, as they only let limited people go up in 30 minute intervals. I arrived at about 12 and couldn't climb until 2pm - when i had arrived for the climb all tickets for the day were sold out. Well worth it if you like views.
Written January 1, 2020
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Paul J
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Absolutely stunning! The outside, while grand, does not do the inside justice at all. The sheer size of the inside is deceptive and the beautiful artwork and ornaments are breath taking.

While the place is a solemn venue it is a marvel to walk around and take it all in.
Written May 9, 2022
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