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“A beautiful spiritual experience”

Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow)
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Private Krakow Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #18 of 313 things to do in Krakow
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Decorated with vibrant colors and Stanislaw Wyspianski’s famous stained glass window “God the Father.”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

This very unimpressive church (from the outside) is absolutely marvellous inside! The present neo-Gothic interior contains magnificent Art Nouveau stained glass (especially that of God the Creator) and wonderful wall paintings of flowers by Stanislaw Wyspianski, carried out after the disastrous city fire of 1850. The northern chapel contains Stations of the Cross painted by Jozef Mehoffer(who was strongly influenced by Van Gogh). The remains of Boleslaw the Bashful, Duke of Krakow (who issued the city’s foundation charter in 1257), his sister Salome and Piotr Kochanowski are buried in the church. The monastery itself was the home of St. Maximilian Kolbe before his deportation to, and martyrdom at Auschwitz. This is a beautiful place to retire to, away from the busy life of the city, and just take in the wonderful colours!

1  Thank Mieczyslaw K
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

If you like Art Nouveau, this is the place for you. The west window contains, in my view, one of the greatest works of art from the 20th Century - God the Father. This incredible window is alive, vibrant colourful, dramatic and anyone with an ounce of interest will be spellbound. Otherwise the interior is rather dark and it is difficult to make out the beautiful wall paintings. It is a must-see in Krakow.

Thank Michael P
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Like many of the beautiful churches in Krakow, this one is lovely. The architecture is stunning. Inside there are numerous works of art and a lovely sense of peacefulness.

Thank Art_lover_Dallas
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

When I was very young and I saw the stained glass "God The Father" in Franciscan Church for the first time I thought it was a piece of art created by Leonardo da Vinci. It makes such a BIG impression! But Stanisław Wyspiański is close to match the genius of Italian master: poet, playwright, painter and designer - in all these fields he was an exceptional talent, with few equals in all Europe dare I say. Sadly, he's not yet recognised all around the world. Till this day his works are quoted in common Polish, just like Shakespeare. But Wyspianski is incomparable to anyone indeed - he's also truly Krakovian, had he travelled to Paris he would gain recognition - he decided to stay true to his city. I am glad he did, it's not the popularity that makes great after all. As they say: try being a fan of Wyspianski before it becomes popular ;)

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

St. Mary's and other churches get the attention and this one doesn't even appear in some guidebooks, but make sure you visit it if you like stained glass and/or Art Nouveau style -- the interior has amazing examples of both. Gorgeous church, if very dimly lit. The only place in Krakow that I returned to to see a second time!

Thank NETimeNow
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