Church on the Rock (Kosciol na Skalce)

Church on the Rock (Kosciol na Skalce)

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Located on the River Vistula, this ancient pilgrimage site was the center of the Cult of St. Stanislaw, an 11th-century bishop and martyr.
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Neighborhood: Kazimierz
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alisgan
London3 contributions
I have discovered this jewel only because I stayed in a holiday apartment (also called Skalka) nearby and was intrigued by the church and its gardens, which I could see from my window.

The church is located picturesquely on the banks of the Vistula River. In the church, Bishop of Krakow saint Stanislaus was murdered by order of one of the Polish kings. Since then it became an important shrine. The crypt underneath the church is a burial place for some of the most distinguished Poles. I strongly recommend that you visit the church with a guide.

Skalka church is also a very good starting place for the walks around the Old Jewish Quarter, which is a place of a unique atmosphere and character. It has a vast number of old synagogues, Jewish cemeteries, museums and galleries. There are even some restaurants serving Jewish menu alongside live Jewish music. The Old Jewish Quarter (also known locally as Kazimierz) is in my opinion the best place to see in Krakow, especially if you also travelled to see the concentration camp in Auschwitz.

I would also recommend seeing Krakow in winter. I have just seen it covered in snow (February 2009) and it is simply magical!
Written February 19, 2009
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Snowmunch
London, UK118 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
The historic St Michael's Church also know as Skalka in Polish, which means little rock, hence known in English as the Church-on-the-Rock. It should be known as the church on the rock by the river, because it is beautifully located in Kazimierz on the bank of Krakow's main river, the Vistula (Wisla in Polish), with magnificent views to Wawel castle and across the river to the Old Forum Hotel, which is a remnant of the communist era, now abandoned but with many insisting it should be a listed building (monument protected). The Church-on-the-rock is about 10 minutes walk to the market square, a stone's throw from Wawel castle and 5 minutes from the restaurants, cafes and bars of Plac Nowy (New Square) in Kazimierz. I've seen previous reviews stating that it is a "little out of the way", (well, it's not in the market square) and "there's not much to see around" (really, are you blind? Wawel castle!), but I suppose such comments are written by clueless tourists on a weekend coach trip.

This church is where the Bishop of Kraków saint Stanislaus of Szczepanów was slain by order of Polish king Bolesław II the Bold in 1079. Although the church is been rebuilt since. Definitely worth a look if only to continue your walk along the river, to either Wawel castle or to a restaurant in the restaurant part of Kazimierz. The walk along the charming Paulinska Street to this church and beyond is on a list of the best walks in Krakow.
Written December 24, 2014
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bob b
Tampa, FL69 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
I am astounded that more people have not found this church. Admittedly it is not in a part of town with many other tourist attractions, but it is a pleasant 10-15 minute walk down the river from Wawel Hill. In a city with many churches, and some very nice ones, this is as good as there is. There is lots of wonderful artwork, both inside and out. Frankly, the garden area is probably the highlight and well worth the effort to get here. The eventual Pope John Paul II celebrated his second mass at this church after being ordained.
Written October 11, 2014
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK613,257 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
On our week's holiday to Krakow and on our many holiday's to this wonderful city you cannot fail to be impressed by the amount of wonderful churchers and synagogue's here.
We try to visit as many as we can as they are alway's nice place's to visit and are by and large beautiful and in this church you have a great example of a fabulous church.
THE CHURCH OF ST STANISLAW aka THE CHURCH ON THE ROCK ( KISCIOL NA SKALCE ) has a fantastic setting by the River Vistula and set in wonderful well kept ground's.
The church itself is really nice inside,lovely window's,high alter and lot's of little detail's and features that you notice the more you look.
It's not as visited as some of the other tourist site's in the main square but none the less is a great church to visit and is only a pleasant stroll from the main tourist area's of Krakow.
Find out about the history of this church and how St Stanislaw was murdered by decree of the king,it's fascinating.
Very easy to locate in the Kazimierz district,you will find this church on UL.SKALECZNA.
Well worth a visit.
Written November 12, 2015
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bob b
Tampa, FL69 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
I believe this church is listed in two different ways here (also Shrine of Skalka). There is great beauty here, inside and outside, and well worth the effort to arrive off the beaten path.
Written October 11, 2014
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Tomek Darda
Krakow, Poland125 contributions
Apr 2013 • Solo
People visiting Krakow usually miss this magical place (as it is a bit off the regular tourist track in Kazimierz) - and they should not! Skalka with the adjacent imposing gothic St. Katherine's Church form one of the most mystical and atmospheric places in Krakow - and when I think about it maybe it's good that it is usually not crowded with tourist - that makes it more of a hidden gem. Visit the church and the Crypts where Stanislaw Wyspianski is buried amongst others.
Written May 9, 2013
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK613,257 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
If your walking along the banks of the River Vistula you will see just past the magnificent Wawel Castle a superb looking church that is well worth checking out.
Church On The Rock ( Skalka which means small rock in Polish ) aka Church Of St Michael The Archangel & Martyr Of Pauline Fathers Monastery, Skalka was originally housed on the island in Kazimierz untill it was filled in during the 19th century, the church is on the famous St Stanislaus Route, constructed in 1079 it was the church were the Bishop Of Krakow Stanislaus was executed on the orders of King Boleslaw II The Bold in 1079 this subsequently lead to the canonization of Saint Stanislaus Of Szczepanow and the kings exile.
The church looks fabulous,between 1733 _ 1751 this church received it's wonderful Baroque look that looks so pleasing on the eye. , it's setting on the bend on the River Vistula makes for some great photographic opportunities .
A wonderful looking church,well worth checking out if your in the area.
Written February 3, 2019
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Evets54
Southampton, UK279 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
This is a Baroque style Church with an attached monastery complex built in the late 18th century. Compared to many of the more ornate Churches this is rather plan and simple but with the addition of Baroque stucco work which looks somewhat out of place.

The crypt has been converted into a pantheon to Polish writers and unless you are interested in this subject it is probably not worth the charge to go and see it.
Written May 29, 2016
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Charming_Karl
Charleston, SC1,491 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
I honestly don't remember if, when we found ourselves at the Skalka Shrine, if the main church was open. If it was, I have completely forgotten that interior. I do remember visiting the crypt and finding it very beautiful, very peaceful, with its celebration of Polish celebrities and artists adding an element of humor/sweetness to it for me.

The story of the great tragedy that took place near here, where a ruler had a bishop murdered, is extraordinary. I wouldn't suggest anyone to make the long trek out here to see this place (as we did without realizing what a long walk it was) unless they were visiting the area; but if you are in the vicinity, it certainly is beautiful.
Written September 14, 2015
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Onleaveagain
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK7,816 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Another beautiful church situated next to the river. In the adjacent grounds, there are several large statues of saints formed in a curve. Very imposing and well worth seeing. Also outside the church is the well of St Stanislaus where you can drink the water. It is believed by some to have healing powers. Very interesting church with lots to see.
Written July 29, 2019
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