St. Adelbert's Church, Krakow

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    Dome interior and wooden gallery
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    St Adalbert's

    by leics Written Mar 30, 2013

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    You can't miss this little cuboid church in the SE corner of Rynek Glowny.

    It's one of the oldest churches in the city, dating back to the 11th century (1000s), although there was a wooden church on the site even before that.

    St Adalbert, a missionary priest, came from Prague and it is said that in 997 he consecrated that first wooden church. He was also martyred in 997, somewhere on the Baltic coastline of what is now Poland or Russia.

    The stone church was built long before the existing market square was first laid out (in 1257). Its interior even then was below the marketplace surface but more changes over the centuries resulted in the marketplace being more than 2m above the church floor. So, in the 1600s, the church was also raised and a new entrance was created. The dome was added at the same time.

    But, despite these changes, one still has to walk down into the church's...remarkably small..interior. You can see the original walls of the first stone church to the side, where they have been excavated and left on view.

    Although the building is very old indeed there is little evidence of its age in the interior. There's an elaborate altarpiece, a rather lovely...but quite tiny.....wooden spiral staircase which leads to a small wooden gallery and the interior of the Baroque dome is beautifully painted.

    The church is still used as a place of worship, of course, and there are also regular (free, as far as I know) concerts held in the evenings. Audiences must be rather limited: I doubt you could fit in more than 30 or so people!

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    St. Adalbert's Church - one of the oldest in town.

    by Askla Updated Dec 4, 2012

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    This church is dedicated to St. Adalbert, or Sw. Wojtech (956 - 997). Legend says that the church was erected on a site, where he preached before his missionary expedition to Prussia in 997. But when he passed through Gniezno he was killed by the local tribe. He is buried in the Cathedral in Gniezno (see this link for more information about Adalbert's tomb there:Gniezno things to do.
    The church originates from the 10th century (a wooden building) but the one we can see today comes from the 12th century. The inside is even newer, from the 18th century in Baroque style.
    In the basement, which is reached from the outside, there is an exhibition showing archeological finds from the church as well as from the Main Square. Unfortunately the exhibition is not opened every day.

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    St Adalbert’s Church

    by fachd Written Oct 31, 2012

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    The Romanesque architecture of St Adalbert’s Church is one of the oldest stone churches in Poland. It was built in the 11th century. The church was named after the martyred missionary Saint Adalbert (Wikipedia)

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    Church of St. Adalbert

    by HORSCHECK Written Apr 20, 2012

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    The Church of St. Adalbert is also known as Church of St. Wojciech (Kosciol sw. Wojciecha). Its history dates back to 996 when a Slav bishop preached in this place.

    The church itself was completed in Romanesque style in the 11th century. Later at the beginning of the 17th century it was partly rebuilt in Baroque style.

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    The small Church of St. Adalbert stands near the south eastern corner of Krakow's Market Square (Rynek Glowny).

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    St Adalbert's Church

    by toonsarah Updated Jun 15, 2010

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    Since its creation, the level of the Market Square has gradually been raised, in some places by over 5 metres (16 ft), and nowhere is this more evident than in the area immediately around the pretty little church of St Adalbert (in Polish, Wojciech) in its southeast corner. But this church is worth seeing for more than the curiosity value of its part-buried sunken walls. It is one of the oldest stone churches in Poland, dating back to the early part of the Middle Ages, the 11th century, about 100 years before the construction of the square it now inhabits. This timing explains both the lower level at which it sits, as the square has gradually been raised up around it, and the somewhat haphazard appearance of its placing here.

    Most of the present building is newer, with only the foundations and lower walls dating back to the Middle Ages. The rest was built in the Baroque style between 1611 and1618, when the church needed to grow in height to match the raised floor levels of the newly re-paved square. This work led to the addition of the small dome and the opening of a new main entrance on the west side. The original south side entrance can however still be seen.

    Inside it is small and fairly dark, and when I popped in was a quiet haven from the bustle of the square outside, with a few local people praying and a couple of other tourists resting and studying the architecture.

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    St. Aldalbert Church

    by pure1942 Written May 14, 2009
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    The small, quaint Church of St. Aldalbert (locally known as Church of St. Wojciech) sits in the sothern corner of Market Square just before the the beginning of Grodzka Street. The Church is one of the oldest churches in Krakow and indeed one of the oldest in all of Poland having being built during the 10th century. The church itself predates the Market Square by about 100 years (Itself one of Europe’s oldest town squares). The strange appearance of the churches style is due to a blending of different styles over the centuries. The church displays touches of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural style. In the crypt of the church is a small exhibit detailing the history of Market Square.

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    st. adalbert's church

    by doug48 Updated May 28, 2008

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    st. adalbert's church

    st. adalbert's church is one of the oldest in krakow. this small church incorporates romanesque, gothic, renaissance, and baroque architectural styles. excavations under the church have found remnants of an earlier building dating back to the time of st. adalbert (late 10th century AD). inside of st. adalbert's is a museum on the history of market square.

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    Church of St. Adalbert’s

    by ZiOOlek Written Jan 22, 2007

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    The church dates back to the 10th century. Archeological reserve and an exhibition about the history of Krakow’s Grand Square in the basement /outdoor entrance/. Now modest Baroque church. Probably the smallest church in Krakow.

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    St Adalbert's Church

    by clairegeordio Written May 20, 2005

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    St Adalbert's Church

    This is the oldest building in the market square in Krakow. The first stone church was built here 1000 years ago and 200 years ago the present church was built. The baroque dome was added in the 18th Century. The age of the church is apparent when you look at the church's original entrance which is now nearly 2 metres below the current level of the square.

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    St Adalbert's - Krakow's Oldest Church

    by tpal Written Feb 2, 2005

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    St. Adalbert's Church

    St Adalbert's Church sits in the southern corner of the Market Square. The copper domed church seems almost tiny compared to most in the area, particularly in view of its predominance. Understanding that it was here first goes a long way in explaining why it is here. In fact, this is the first church Krakow founded in the 10th century.

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    St. Adalbert's Church

    by Leipzig Written Oct 12, 2004

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    St. Adalbert's Church

    St. Adalbert's Church at the central square is one of the oldest still remaining churches in Kracow. It originally was built of wood in the early 10th century. In 12th century it was replaced by a Romanesque stony church. It got its present Baroque look in 18th cenutry.
    The name comes from Adelbert, a missonary in Prussia who preached here.

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    St. Adalbert's Church

    by gosiaPL Updated Jan 24, 2004

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    St. Adalbert's Church (Sw. Wojciech)

    St Adalbert's (Polish name: Sw. Wojciech) is one of the oldest churches in Karkow. The thousand years' old legend has it that St. Adalbert consecrated the church in 997 and preached there before going on his mission to bring Christianity to Prussia (where he was killed in martyrdom).

    It's a beautiful little church that shows the thousand years of history of architecture, starting with the romanesque elements in it.

    And more than that! Check the little Museum of the History of the Market Square which is under the church - this will take you on a tour of the mediaeval square :-)

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    St. Adalbert's Church

    by bscott1 Written Jan 20, 2004

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    This very small, relatively unique Romanesque church, on the Rynek Glowny, has a very unique look to it and remains in tact for the most part. It has been on the square since the 11th century, and its entrance dips below street level. The age of this structure is perhaps what makes it unique.

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    Kosciol Sw. Wojciecha (St....

    by Wiktoria Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Kosciol Sw. Wojciecha (St. Albert's Church).
    This is a tiny church situated in the Main Market Square. It looks even smaller because it's overpowered by the gigantic square. Don't let the size discourage you. This church dates back to 1100's. The interior is beautifully decorated with frescos.

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    St Adalbert church

    by mvtouring Written Jul 14, 2013

    La lovely small church on market square where the hold concerts in the evenings with performances by local music students

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