St Mary's Basilica
St Mary's Basilica
4.5
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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
About
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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  • AmandaJaneC69
    Wokingham, United Kingdom59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth going inside
    Worth going inside and looking round and tickets were very cheap. If you want to go up the tower you have to get there early as the tickets were sold out in the afternoon. Very ornate church inside but very interesting seeing the craftmanship. Look up at the towers on the hour, as the bugler sounds the hour every hour.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 12, 2023
  • edward w
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for wheelchair users
    Unlike Wavel Cathedral there is good wheelchair access into this church. No problem getting around despite the crowds and the interior is a joy to behold. The staff here are helpful to the disabled and compare most favourably with the poor response to wheelchair users at the Cathedral
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Richard M
    Hampstead Norreys, United Kingdom890 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning basilica, tower views and bugler
    An absolutly stunning basillica with a sumptious interior. The colours were incredible and it was a lovely place to visit. We also climbed the tower to the viewing room at the top. This gave stunning views over the city. Every hour the trumpeter sounds the old tune that warned of invasion including stopping where, as rumnour has it, the original bugler was killed. They do this every hour at each of the four compass points. They will even wave afterwards. Lovely.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • eric_weber
    Leipzig, Germany82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most impressive places in Europe
    From inside and outside one of the nicest religious buildings in Europe. The square around is truely one of the most impressive squares in Europe. make sure you come back at late evening when everything is still crowded and lively
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Chris S
    Market Harborough, United Kingdom193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BEAUTIFUL ST MARY'S BAILICA
    Beautiful Church to see here in the heart of Krakow. Watch out for Italian tour groups who seem to think they own the place and barge you out of the way. Nice to know the history of the trumpeteer who plays his bugle call every hour (in history he played the tune as an alarm, to warn Krakow of invaders). The tune is abrubtly cut off to show when he was shot by an arrow.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • BarbaraRiekwel
    Coatbridge, United Kingdom741 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply stunning
    I have been to many a church, cathedral and basilica but this must be the most beautiful i have seen. It’s worth reading up about the history and the “artists”. The ceilings and some of the other areas look like they are made out of silk, rather than painted. It’s breathtaking really. The entrance price is a reasonable 15 zloty ( discount for kids and 60+) .
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Maciek
    Warsaw, Poland4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see in Kraków
    If you are in Kraków you have to see this beautiful gothic church. The most characteristic place in it’s interior is the Veit Stoss’ altar with these stunning ornaments. St. Mary’s Church is the place which everybody should see while being in this lovely city.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Pete
    Fredericksburg, Virginia1,205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Pope’s Church
    My understanding is that The Pope gave sermons here before he became Pope. It’s a magnificent example of Gothic Architecture that sits adjacent to the main market square. The whole market square is a well planned area to accommodate many many people. In 2010, the funeral procession from the Basilica to the Castle must have been dramatic and historic.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 8, 2023
  • petergab10
    Melbourne, Australia654 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning and well worth a visit inside
    St Mary's Basilica is one of the Centrepoint's of Krakow Old Town across from the Main Market Square a brick gothic church. And the place you will hear the trumpeter play his bugle call from the top of the church on the hour. Look up and when he finishes the crowd waves, and he does the same back its a touching moment. Personally, l have always thought the church looks beautiful and from the outside l have taken many photos of it. And was amazed when l walk in for the first time early in the morning when a mass was taken place it was a moving moment. On the right hand side of the church there is a visitor's entrance which opens at 11.30am which you must buy a ticket before entering the church. You can buy a ticket from church ticket office which is opposite the entrance door for 15 zloty. Walking into the church l did not know where to look as you are taken back by its beauty from its Architecture, Ceilings, Sculptures, Paintings, Stain glassed windows, Veit Stoss altarpiece is stunning to see and definitely a highlight. At this time, you are allowed to take photos which l did in a respectful way.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 23, 2024
  • Nicola g
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Simply stunning. We had walked passed this beautiful church a few times amazed by the architecture from the outside of the building then we were passing as there was a service one evening and decided to go in. First time a church has wowed and amazed me. It was just a very moving moment. We sat there for some time taking in the beautiful architecture. And not really being people that go to church I could not believe the affect st. Mary’s had on us. Please visit this beautiful amazing church.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 29, 2024
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alehope30
116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
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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Nicky
Halesowen, UK427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
I’m not religious at all, but we decided to go & have a look around as we’d seen it was popular.
The ticket office is across from the entrance & there are two ways in, one for tourists & one for those who pray, tourists should not use this entrance.
It is absolutely stunning inside, I didn’t know where to look first.
I’d recommend anyone to go & see it firsthand as pictures just don’t do it justice.
Written February 2, 2020
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
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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Mike C
Guildford, UK1,081 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
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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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland16,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
Saint Mary's Basilica is undoubtedly one of Krakow's most famous and most spectacular landmarks. It towers are visible from all over the city.
A more well-known legend tells the story of a brave city guard who saved Kraków from a Tatar invasion in the 13th century. The high church tower served as a watchtower in those days, where a trumpeter stood guard, signalling the opening of the city gates every morning and their closing every evening, and warning the townspeople of fire or invasion. When the Tatar hordes were crossing Europe and burning cities in their wake, the Krakow trumpeter spied them in the distance and sounded the signal to close the gates; in the middle of a note, a Tatar arrow pierced his throat, and the melody was broken. To this day, that same tune - "the hejnal" - is played every hour from the four sides of the tower, broken off at the same point in memory of the brave guardsman.
Written June 10, 2020
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Daniel&Amy
Rotorua, New Zealand310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A really stunning church in the centre of Kraków. We paid student prices (which apply to ALL students, not just EU citizens of Polish residents). Per person it was 5zl. Full priced tickets are 10zl. Unfortunately there are renovations world underway and so we didn’t get the greatest views of the main alter and a few other little things. We did however have a wonderful time admiring the unique colours and patterns that we haven’t seen elsewhere in Europe.
Written February 5, 2020
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Ana G
Sydney, Australia417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Great big beautiful church.

So much history involved. The fireman play the bugle to symbolise the sounding of the alarm to close the gates. He abruptly cuts off at the end as the original bugler was shot with an arrow through the throat before he could finish.

This is done at 11am, 12pm & 1pm.
Written April 13, 2020
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Family P
Barnsley, UK5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The colours inside were vivid and very decorative, bright blue colours high up in ceiling decoration. Christmas decorations were still up which also added to the atmosphere. The hourly bell toll and bugle call is also quite unique. A little work going on in one end of the building with scaffold present at the present time. Well worth a visit.
Written January 16, 2020
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Mickdw
Market Weighton, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This is a great church with some stunning features inside. I’m not a religious person but really enjoyed looking around inside.
Having some restoration work done so some exhibits are covered but definitely worth an hour walking around
Written March 11, 2020
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SiriLak Tour.
Katunayake, Sri Lanka131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Tall great architectural building gives a proud looks to the old city , I would like to sit next to it , Each hourly the church plays the trumpet and notice the time which is quite attractive to tourists .. This happens on the highest floor of the church . in side the church doesn't allow to take pictures and its really nice to watch . during the prayers it's not allow to visit .
Written February 15, 2020
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