Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Krakow

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    SS Peter & Paul - Kosciol Sw. Piotra i Sw. Pawla.

    by breughel Updated Jan 29, 2014

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    This is with St. Barbara the second Jesuit church in Krakow but the first baroque church in the town. Construction started in 1597. The impressive baroque façade in stone was inspired by the Gesu church in Roma (ref. my tip). The intersection of the nave and transept was covered with a large dome. The reminder is in ordinary brick.
    The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul is best known from tourists by the large statues of the Apostles on the front fence (photo 2). They are replicas. The 18th c. originals stand on the side yard.
    The interior with a stucco decoration is typical of the Italian Baroque. It appears very sober in comparison with the gilt of most Krakow's churches.
    The main altar designed by Casper Bazanki was made in 1735 (photo 3). The painting "Handing the keys of St. Peter" is from Joseph Brodowski (1820).
    Finally what I liked most here are the splendid organs (photo 1) from the 18th c. transformed in 1966 by Biernacki.

    Special about this church is a Foucault pendulum. Demonstrations every Thursday at 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00 h. To be checked.
    Open: week 9 - 19 h, Sunday 13.30 - 17.30 h. Free. Photos allowed.
    No visit during mass (week 7 & 18 h, Sundays 8, 9.30, 11, 12.30 & 18 h)

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    St. Peter and Paul Church

    by Airpunk Written Oct 21, 2013

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    On the way from the market square to Wawel Hill, you may come along a church with statues of the twelve apostles in front of it. That's St. Peter and Paul, Krakóws finest Baroque church. The church was built from 1597 to 1612 with the apostle statues added in 1723 century. The original statues were removed and can be seen in the backyard, the ones in front of the fence are replicas. Inside, you will find a splendid interior, a beautiful organ as well as a large focault pendulum which is sometimes demonstrated.

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    by GentleSpirit Written Feb 1, 2013

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    The church of Saints Peter and Paul (Kościół ŚŚ Piotra i Pawła) is a Baroque church in the Old Town most likely best known for the statues of the 12 disciples lining the fence.
    The facade and the exterior of the church are (in my opinion) far more impressive than the interior.

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    Church of St. Peter and St. Paul.

    by Askla Updated Dec 4, 2012

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    I had great expectations on this church as I had read it would be "one of the nicest and most beautiful buildings in Krakow". Well, perhaps it is but I didn't get the right feel for it.
    Anyway, it was completed in 1612 in Baroque style. The most impressing is, in fact, the outside and especially the large statues of the 12 Apostles. They are more than man-size.

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    Saints Peter and Paul

    by fachd Written Oct 31, 2012

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    The Roman Catholic Church of Saints Peter and Paul was founded by the King Zygmunt III Waza for the Jesuits order. Construction of the church began at the end of the 16th century. At the front of the church there are statues of the 12 apostles. It is the first church in Poland designed in Baroque architecture. It’s a beautiful church to look at. The church is located at ul Grodzka 54 Street.

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    by sihi Updated Jul 3, 2012

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    Saints Peter and Paul Church is Baroque-style church in old town of Krakow. It was built 1590's by design of Józef Britius. The temple is a first Baroque building in Krakow and it was created for Jesuits by king Zygmunt III Waza.

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    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 20, 2012

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    The Saints Peter and Paul Church (Kosciol sw. Piotra i Pawla) was built at the very beginning of the 17th century. It is said to be the oldest Baroque building in Krakow.

    The church ground entrance is decorated with impressive statues of the apostles. They are actually copies of the original statues, as these were severely damaged by acid rain.

    Directions:
    The Saints Peter and Paul Church can be found in the street ul Grodzka, which connects the Market Square (Rynek Glowny) with the Wawel Hill.

    Address: Saints Peter and Paul Church, ul. Grodzka 54, 31-000 Krakow

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    St Paul & Peter church

    by mvtouring Updated Jan 8, 2011

    This church was constructed between 1596 - 1619 and founded by the Jesuit Order during the reign of King Zygmunt III Waza. It is similar to the II Gesu church in Rome. The railing at this church is just too fantastic, being decorated with sculptures of the 12 apostles created by David Heel.

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    Church of Sts. Peter and Paul

    by pure1942 Updated Mar 21, 2009

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    The Church of Sts. Peter and Paul is one of Krakow's and Poland's most famous Baroque Churches. The church was begun in 1596 but had to be almoost completely rebuilt in 1605 due to an architectural flaw. One of the most unusual features of the church is the presence of 12 stone sculptures lined along the outer railings of the church. THe sculptures depict the 12 apostles and date from early 18th century. The interior boasts some fine Baroque features, most notably the high altar. The impressive marble tomb of Bishop Andrzej Tomicki is also housed in the church.

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    ST PETERT AND ST PAUL CHURCH

    by alyf1961 Written Mar 13, 2009

    The church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul was begun in 1596 but structural damage meant it had to be rebuilt in 1605, the architect remains unknown today. The church is enclosed by railings topped by statues of the twelve apostles, which are dated between 1715 and 1722.

    THE TWELVE APOSTLES ST. PETER AND ST PAUL

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    Church of St Peter and Pau

    by easterntrekker Written Sep 12, 2008

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    I always have to take a peek at the bride when I see a wedding . This bride was lucky to have such a magnificant church for her wedding.The Church of Sts. Peter and Paul (Kosciól swietego Piotra i Pawla) in Krakow is a Baroque Jesuit church known best for the statues of the 12 disciples lining the fence at the front.

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    Church of SS Peter & Paul

    by smirnofforiginal Written Jun 8, 2007

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    Kosciol Sw Piotra i Pawli - This was the 1st baroque building in Krakow, erected by the Jesuits, brought to the city in 1580 to fight the Reformation.

    The Twelve Apostles stand on columns in front of the church - these are copies of the 18th century statues!

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    by ZiOOlek Written Jan 12, 2007

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    The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul is the oldest Baroque building in Krakow. Construction was begun in 1597 by Jozef Britius for the Jesuit Order, and completed by Giovanni Trevano. Built on a cruciform plan, the stone facade is based on Roman church Il Gesu.

    Ornate white stone facade with sculptures, mighty dome. Crypt with the sarcophagus of Father Skarga, famous 17th-century Jesuit preacher. Larger-than-life stone statues of 12 Apostles above the front fence are replicas of the 18th-century late Baroque originals moved to the side yard.

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    by al_mary Written Dec 28, 2006

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    We saw and visited alot of
    churches while we were in
    Poland, and this is one that
    we recommend that you see
    if you are in Krakow ....

    Church of St. Peter and St. Paul’s
    17th-century grandest Baroque
    after Rome’s del Gesu.

    Ornate white stone facade with
    sculptures, mighty dome.

    Crypt with the sarcophagus of Father Skarga,
    famous 17th-century Jesuit preacher.

    Larger-than-life stone statues of 12 Apostles
    above the front fence are replicas of the 18th
    century late Baroque originals moved to the
    side yard ....

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    Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

    by von.otter Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul was established by the Society of Jesus after they arrived in Poland in 1583. It is the city's oldest church in the Baroque style. The design, inspired by the churches of Il Gesù and Sant'Andrea della Valle in Rome, is the work of Giovanni Battista Trevano, who built St. Stanislaw's Mausoleum in the Wawel Cathedral.

    The twelve Apostles stand guard outside the Basilica's gated courtyard. In 1723 Daniel Hell and Ferdinand Kilcz carved the statues from white sandstone in the Baroque style. Because the material used to carve the figures is soft they suffered badly — noses were lost, fingers corroded — from pollution coming from the iron and steel works to the city's east, the coal-fired heating in the Old City, and poor air circulation in the Vistula Valley.

    The originals were removed, repaired over a 12 year period and set aside for safe keeping. What stands atop the gate's pedestals are copies made by Kazimierz Jeczmyk.

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