Church of the Holy Cross, Krakow
The first parish Church of the Holy Cross was erected in 1200. It was probably wooden. The present-day church was constructed in the 14th century, the stone chancel being built in the early part of the century followed by the construction of the nave and the tower.
Inside you will find an unusual design with a palmlike vault supported by one single column. You will also find a Gothic baptismal font cast in 1423. A Late Gothic cross stands on the rood beam. The surviving fragments of of a 16th century polichromy are visible on the wall under the musicians' choir. They show Our Lady of Sorrow and scenes from the Passion.
On the left side of the entrance way under the tower there is a chapel of St. Andrew, with an extant fragment of a mural painting showing the Crucifixion. It dates from 1420.
By the time of my visit, the church was closed due to renovation, so I have no pictures from the inside. That was a great disappointment to me.
The information text is a shorted form of the text on the wall of the church.
The Church of the Holy Cross is a small, simple but impressive Gothic building located near the demolished city walls, just next to the Julius Slowacki Theatre. The structure was built between 1186 and 1207 AD. The oldest part of the church is a stone presbytery. A brick part of the construction dates from the 15th century. The simplicity of the exterior contrasts suprisingly with the rich interior where You can find beautifully coloured wall paintings dating back to 1420 ['The Agony in the Garden' in the Chapel] and wonderful Gothic palm vault which is based on very high and huge pillar.