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