St Andrew's Church, Krakow
St. Andrew's Church is old, built in 1086. It has kept much of its Romanesque exterior, however, as soon as one gets inside the experience is totally different: it's all Baroque from 17-18th centuries. A bit sad to see, in fact, but I suppose the nuns from the adjoining Poor Clare's convent like it better like this...They use the church as their own and when I visited I was lucky to hear some really wonderful songs be sung by them. (I overheard them through the walls.)
Church of Saint Andrew is one of the oldest buildings in Krakow and one of the best-preserved Romanesque buildings in Poland. The Church was built in the 11th century in Romanesque style with 17th century Baroque interior by a medieval Polish Statesman Palatine Sieciech. The church was used for defensive purposes and the longest rarest fortress church to have survived. St Andrew is the only church in Krakow to survive from Mongol attack in 1241.
Saint Andrew’s is a fortress church built in Romanesque style at the end of the 11th century in the center of the medieval settlement of Okol. The church was an effective shelter for the inhabitants during the Tartar invasion. In fact, it was the only church in Krakow to withstand the Mongol attack of 1241.
In the 12th and 13th centuries the church was extended and two towers were added. A Gothic oratory was erected in the 14th century and a cloister was built as the church was ruled by the Order of St. Klara's. In the 17th and 18th centuries other changes were made such as the Baroque domes of the towers.
St. Andrew’s is the best preserved Romanesque church in Krakow. It keeps a Byzantine mosaic of the Virgin Mary in the treasury.
One of the several churches in the city so closer to the castle and im not so fond of churches but i appreciate the beauty of those sculptures .. there no other way from the downtown with the main square to the castle ..its on the route
St. Andrew's Church is a Romanesque church, founded in 1079 by palatine Sieciech. It was built between 1079 - 1098. Primary it was St. Giles-Church. Bottom, massive part of façade with small openings shows defensive character of building. Built in Romanesque style it is one of the oldest buildings in Krakow, and from 1320 it was owned by the Order of St. Klara's.
This church, talking about exterior, remained untouched mostly from 12th-13th century. It is actually oldest church in Krakow with most authentic things and the one with romanescue style. Interior of church is barocco.
I dislike so much to go in churches ..but i can say that this one is really wonderful. The sculptures outside are amazing and the style is so nice
its located almost side by side from the Wawel hill anf the castle in Grodzka street..the main street to get the downtown from nathans villa YH
This church is situated next to St Peter and St Paul’s church and is the best preserved Romanesque church in Krakow. It was built in 1079-1098. It had a defensive function and used to be referred to as the Lower castle.
You see a small side of this lovely church, the fascade of the church is where the sculptures are. somewhat those sculptures reminded me surrounding in Vatican or parts od Cathedral in Vilnius (Lithuania).
On your way from the Wawel Castle to the Market Square you'll notice St. Andrew Church. It is the oldest church in Krakow. Surface of the Romance style building has remained till today.
St. Andrew's Church was built in 11th century and still got its original Romanesque facade. It has unusual thick walls in the lower part of the building, especially where the two towers are. Another thing that unusual is the relatively low amount of windows in the lower part. Only one on each side. Perhaps it was close to the old town wall?
Built toward the end of the 11th century, St. Andrew's Church is also one of Krakow's oldest, and has survived the years with much of its Romanesque stone interior intact. Its tiny interior underwent radical baroque overhaul during the 18th century.
This church goes back to the 1080's but was then enlarged and hightened around 1200. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of Polish romanesque style, despite the fact that the interior was refurbished in the baroque era.
An interesting fact is that, according to one of the greatest Polish chronicle writers, Jan Dlugosz, the church was the only one to withstand the Tatar siege in 1241 :-)
This church stands next to St. Peter & Paul's church, the one with the lovely baroque facade (see previous tip). I must say I am rather taken by the architectural contrast of the two!
Another Romanesque church built in the 11th century and its exterior is remarkably intact, not having had the renovations many churches had been through over the years or the wars.
The interior, unfortunately, was looted--however, it is still worth a visit.
Built between the years 1079 & 1098, it is one of the most wonderful historical buildings of Romanesque architectures.
The base of the massive facade with loop-holes shows that it was a defensive building.
This is one of Krakow's oldest church.
I didn't enter this church, just taking this photo outside the church but it is told that as soon as you enter this church, you'll find yourself in a totally different world !
You have to be there & go in to find out what it means...