Franciscan Church, Krakow
The Fransiscan Church was built 1237 - 1269 but has been rebuilt and refurnished many times since then. The last time, in early 1900s, the interior we can now see was made with stained-glass windows designed by Stanislaw Wyspianski.
In this church you will find the most amazing stained glass windows designed by Stainslaw Wyspianski. The stained glass window depicts God the creater but I think it looks a bit like Neptune. The Gothic cloisters have pictures of past bishops dating back to the 15th centuary.
The front entrance of the church has many steps down but if you enter the church at the west entrance there is only a small step so wheelchair accessible.
Franciscan church was built in 12 century. Later, after quite unlucky historical period, church was burnt by the Swedes in 1655. What is more, it was destroyed again in 1850 after another fire. Now this church is gothic style mixed both with neogothic. Inside church is placed small gallery of the bishops of Krakow from the 15th century to the present time.
The most noticeable feature on the exterior of the Franciscan Church is the mosaic on the east side of the building under the long tall stained glass window. This colorful work of art was unique in Krakow, as I never saw anything else like it adorning the exterior of the other churches.
The Franciscan Church has usual Art Noveau stained glass behind the altar, as well as very curious dark green, maroon, and gold pattered walls, giving it almost a bit of a Russian Orthodox look to it. An architectual historian would perhaps be more eloquent in describing the place, but it is truly a unique church.
The church dates back to 1255 but after the fire of Krakow in 1850 it was rebuilt into a mixture of neo-romanesque and neo-gothic.
The must-see reason is the magnificent stained-glass and polychromes that are unusual for Catholic churches .
They were made by Stanislaw Wyspianski (1869-1907), a real genius and artist in several fields, who was way ahead of his contemporaries in creating these secessional patterns.
Please see the next two tips, and if you want some more, check my General tips with a close-up on one of the stained-glass windows.
This church was founded by King Boleslaw the Bashful (what a name !).
It was built around 1252-1269.
King Boleslaw was also buried in here.
This church is a single-naved construction but has a large chapel to each side of the nave.
There's also a valuable collection of portraits of Krakow's bishops on the cloister wall.
Located due west of the Dominican Church is the Franciscan Church, built in the second half of the 13th century but repeatedly rebuilt and refurbished as the result of at least four fires.