St Mary Magdalene Church, Wroclaw

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    St. Mary Magdalene Church: The towers
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    St. Mary Magdalene Church: Front view
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    St. Mary Magdalene Church

    by german_eagle Written Sep 6, 2014

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    This is one of the main churches of Wroclaw. It was built 1226 - 32, reconstructed 1335 - 60, the towers were finished 1488. Several side chapels were added in the 15th and 16th century.

    St. Mary Magdalene was the church for the parish of craftsmen and guilds. In 1525 it became a protestant church and it stayed that until the end of WWII. Then it became con-cathedral of the polish catholics in Wroclaw.

    Quite much of the magnificent interior was destroyed in WWII or was transferred to the National Museum in Warszawa. However, it is still an impressive Gothic church with a lot of works of art inside. I found the epitaphs, the late Gothic tabernacle and the Renaissance pulpit worth seeing. You can climb the tower(s), but we didn't - lack of time. Admission for the towers is 5 PLN, a bit more than 1 Euro.

    Please see my travelogue for more pictures.

    St. Mary Magdalene Church St. Mary Magdalene Church Renaissance pulpit tabernacle and baptismal font side chapel with epitaphs
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    St. Mary Magdalene Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 13, 2012

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    The massive brick church St. Mary Magdalene (Kosciol Marii Magdaleny) was built in the middle of the 14th century. It includes a 12th century Romanesque portal which was moved here from a Benedictine abbey.

    Due to the reformation, the church belonged to the Protestants from the early 16th century until the end of WWII when it was returned to the Catholic church.

    Directions:
    The St. Mary Magdalene Church ic located just behind the eastern side of the Market Square (Rynek). It can be found at Olowska 19.

    St. Mary Magdalene Church St. Mary Magdalene Church: Front view St. Mary Magdalene Church: The towers Inside the St. Mary Magdalene Church
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    ST. MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH - ROMANESQUE PORTAL

    by wroclawiak Updated Sep 28, 2011

    According to different publications this is a high class monument of the Polish Romanesque sculpture. The most interesting thing about this portal is that it comes from a different church, from the destroyed Benedictine abbey in Olbin (today a part of Wroclaw). The portal was put here in 1546.
    The abbey compound, where the portal was orginally located, was founded in the second half of the 12th century by Piotr Wlostowic. It was situated at the right riverside of the river Oder. One of the magnificent buildings in the compound was the St. Mary and Vincent Church. There was the portal.
    1529, the town authorities ordered to dismantle the whole abbey as possible place in their opinion from which the Turkish army could have attack the town. Remember that Wroclaw belonged to the Habsburgs Monarchy at that time.
    Its up-to-date layout is and the lack of the previous decoration are an effect of its relocation in 1546. Tho lions which stood here till 19th century were lost.

    I think it is not only for the architecture buffs.

    You can see the wide variety of motifs comprising roses, griffon, hippocampus and narrative scenes connected with nativity and childhood of Jesus.

    If you come here try to find a hippocampus.

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    Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene

    by AgnusRafferty Updated Aug 16, 2008

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    Gothic style Polish National Catholic Cathedral is located between Szewska and Laciarska street, next to the Old Market Square. Its main attraction is the Penances Footbridge, a view point from bridge connecting cathedral towers. It is open every day 10:00 AM till 8:00 PM, ticket costs 4 PLN (May 2008). To get on the bridge you must pass 243 steps.

    View at Penances Footbridge on St. Mary Magdalene Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene Inside Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene
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    Polish-catholic cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene

    by magor65 Written Jul 29, 2005

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    The real treasure of this church is a Romanesque portal built in here in 1546. Originally, it belonged to a benedictine monastery (from 12th to 16th century). When the monastery was pulled down, the portal was transferred to its present location.
    When you already feast your eyes on the portal, look up in the direction of the towers. You will see a little bridge between them. It's called the bridge of penitents. It's said to be haunted by the ghosts of frivolous girls, who treated their relationships with men too lightly. As all ghost, they appear only at night, so by day-light you may safely get on the bridge to admire the views from the top.

    portal of St. Mary Magdalene
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    St. Mary Magdalene Church...

    by coceng Updated May 1, 2004

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    This Gothic, 3-aisled basilica with 2 towers...was erected in the years 1355-60.
    Monumental vaulting of the nave & aisles as well as the towers, which were many times rebuilt...were added in 1362.
    One of the oldest of this type in Europe.

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