Wroclaw

Sightseeing

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Katedra św. Jana Chrzciciela)

One of Wrocław’s most enduring icons, the elegant double-spires of this Gothic building stand like sentinels at the end of ul. Katedralna, and its elaborate portal is one of the most valuable medieval artefacts in Wrocław. What we see today is in fact the fourth church to be built on this site. When construction began in 1244, this was the first brick building in Poland. Cathedral-building being what it is, work continued for five more centuries. The centrepiece of the rich, Gothic interior is the altarpiece, painted in Lublin in 1522, showing the Virgin Mary having a nap.

You’ll also see the largest organ in Poland, which prior to the war was also the largest in the world. The real highlight of the Cathedral, however, is the panoramic view from one of its towers, which can be yours for 5zł from May to October; unlike the arduous climbs required for Wrocław's other church towers, here an elevator takes you to the top where you'll find a small exhibition in addition to the wonderful views.

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Open 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 14:00 -17:00. From October open 10:00 - 16:30, Mon 12:00 - 16:00, Sun 14:00 -16:00. No visiting during mass please.

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