St. Andrew’s Church

  ul. Grodzka 54 ,   Old Town          (+48) 12 422 16 12     12 Apr 2024

One of the best-preserved Romanesque buildings in Poland, St. Andrew’s is one of the oldest buildings in Kraków and also a rare example of a fortress church. Built between 1079 and 1098, it was known locally in those days as the ‘Lower Castle,’ with the Upper one on Wawel Hill. It was here that, as the rest of the city was burned and looted, most of residents were able to withstand the 1241 Mongol invasion - the same catastrophe that famously featured the bugler being pierced mid-song, after which the city decided to build proper defensive walls. The steeples were added in 1639 and in the early 1700s an Italian fellow named Baldassare 'Baltazar' Fontana did exactly what a fellow named that would do: give the interiors a rich, ostentatious Baroque refurb full of cherubs, and a pulpit that looks like a ship on the seas.


Open 8:00-18:00. Sun 11:00-18:00.


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