Corpus Christi Church, Krakow
The third most important church of Krakow is the Basilica of Corpus Christi (Kosciol Bozego Ciala) located in the district of Kazimierz. It is a huge structure mainly of bricks whose construction started in the 14th c. continued in the 15th c. to be consecrated in 1500. Since 1405 the custodians of this former parish church of the town of Kazimierz are the Canons Regular of the Lateran .
They had to face difficult periods like the devastations by the Swedish soldiery in 1655, the partitions of Poland, WW II and the communist regime. During that last period Cardinal Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, provided a large support to the Corpus Christi church .
From the outside the church shows a sober aspect, you can't compare the churches of Krakow with the flamboyant Gothic architecture from west Europe like Notre-Dame in Paris or the Cathedral of Burgos, Spain, but inside the churches of Krakow are real jewellery boxes .
Impressive both in size, handicraft and gilt is the main altar (photo 1) by Baltazar Kuncz in 1634. The central space is occupied by the "Adoration of the Shepherds" from Tomaso Dollabella. The stalls from 1632 are remarkable (photo 2) .
Moving to the nave one passes under the 18th c. imposing rood-screen (photo 3) .
On the left stands the Altar of Our Lady of Grace (photo 4) . It was commonly believed that Our Lady of Grace had helped the Polish army under King Jan III Sobieski to defeat the Turks at the siege of Vienna in 1683. The Habsburg Monarchy was not really grateful to the Poles as one century later they took part in the first and third partitions of Poland .
Coming back to the church I found most amazing the imposing pulpit (1750) in the form of a boat with mast and sails supported by two mermaids .
Among the many altars one is especially object of worship in the Chapel of the Annunciation (photo 5) on the right side of the main entrance. It is a painting called "Madonna of the Apple" from around 1510 and considered as a grace-working image by the believers.
Open Weekdays: 08.30 - 12 h & 13 - 19 h. No visit during mass at 6.30, 8, 12 & 19 h.
Open Sunday: 06.30 - 20 h. No visit during mass at 6.30, 8, 9.30, 11, 12.15, 16 & 19 h.
Free, photos are allowed.
The church is known as kosciol Bozego Ciala in Polish. It was founded in 1340. It was the first chuch in Kazimierz. The interior is nearly all baroque. The high altar from 1634 is magnificent, and the pulpit is quite different from what we are used to as it has the shape of a boat (middle of the 18th century). The stalls from 1629 are also worth seeing. Notice the organ on the wall, above the stall on the left in the choir!
The adjacent monastery was completed in 1405.
Corpus Christi basilica is a Gothic-style temple with three naves in Kazimierz district of Krakow old town. Church was founded by Kazimierz the Great in 1340. In begining there was a wooden church. After started building with stone and brick. Later a monastery was built to the basilica.
Interior include Polish Gothic and impressive Polish Baroque architecture.
Krakow Corpus Christi Basilica is considered the most beautiful Baroque site in Central Europe.
It was the first church built in the district of Kazimierz on the fourteenth century that later during the siege by the Swedes in Krakow it was used as the headquarters of King Gustav.
The building is of brick, very austere and calls your attention when you enter the wealth that has its baroque altars and stained glass have . Tiene un púlpito en forma de barco , soportado por unas sirenas , que parece que está navegando por la iglesia
We were listening to a choir rehearsal which made the visit much more enjoyable and memorable
Fue la primera que se construyó en el barrio de Kazimierzen el siglo XIV , que posteriormente durante el asedio de Cracovia por los Suecos fue utilizada como cuartel general del rey Gustav.
El edificio es de ladrillo , muy austero y llama la atención al entrar la riqueza que tiene sus altares barrocos y sus vidrieras . It has a boat-shaped pulpit, supported by sirens, which seems to be surfing the church
Estuvimos oyendo ensayar a un coro que nos hizo la visita mucho más agradable y memorable
Last year I had already visited the Basilica of Corpus Christi (Kosciol Bozego Ciala) what is the third most important church of Krakow but located in Kazimierz at 200 m from Plac Nowy and at the corner of Plac Wolnica.
The outside of the church (from the 15th c.) shows a sober aspect; you can't compare the churches of Krakow with the flamboyant Gothic architecture from west Europe, but inside the churches of Krakow are real jewellery boxes like this one.
This year 2011 conservation works are going on at the high altar. Fortunately the works are rather discrete so that they are not detrimental to the esthetic pleasure of the visitors.
The most amazing pulpit (from 1750) in the form of a boat with mast and sails supported by two mermaids is still well visible on the left of my photo 1. I was again amazed by the fact that each pillar of this church is transformed in a chapel as you can see from photo 2.
They were very few visitors; tourists often ignore that three among the nicest churches of Krakow are located in the former Jewish district of Kazimierz (ref. my tip "Kazimierz churches")
Corpus Christi Church is the catholic parish church of Kazimierz - the Jewish quarter is only one part of Kazimierz, ther eis also a large catholic population. The majestic brick gothic church was built in the second half of the 14th century. Altars, pulpit and other furniture has been renewed in the baroque era while the architecture still shows its plain gothic structure.
The Corpus Christi Church is one of the largest churches in Krakow. Built in the 1300s and 1400s, Corpus Christi served as the main parish church of the Kazimierz neighborhood. It is a massive gothic structure, which features a large intricate altarpiece that towers over the interior. There are a number of other interesting interior features, including carved wooden choir stalls, paintings, and a large pulpit. The church is open to the public. The entrance is through the courtyard of the adjoining monastery.