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Skalka Sanctuary - Church, Krakow: 4 reviews and 12 photos

  Skalka Monastery & Pauline Church.
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The nicest way to discover the Kazimierz district is by following the promenade along the Vistula so as to discover the beautiful riverside sanctuary called Skalka = small roc (photo 1) .
In 1079 the Skalka Sanctuary became the place of martyrdom of the Krakow bishop Stanislaw, who was murdered by the then Polish king, Boleslaw the Bold, when he was celebrating mass.
Stanislaw was canonized by Pope Innocent IV in Assisi in 1253. He was the first native Polish saint and is still patron saint of Poland and Krakow .
It is one of the most important religious sites in Krakow and consequently visited by pilgrims and groups.

In the 14th century there was a Romanesque church followed by a Gothic church. Since 1472, the church has belonged to the Pauline Fathers, as well as the monastery. The Baroque church we see now is from 1750 (photo 2) .

Just on the right side of the entrance to the church stands a baroque monument called the Pond of St. Stanislaw. A sculpture of the martyr stands in the middle of the pool (photo 3).
Further to the right is a contemporary religious monument called "Three of the Millennium Altar" .

The inside of the Pauline church shows a harmonious baroque décor with much less gilt than most Krakow churches. The high altar (1761), decorated with six Corinthian blue marble columns shows originality (photo 4) .
On the left stands the altar of St. Stanislaw (photo 5). According to tradition it's on this spot that the bishop was killed. Below, mounted in a glass case, one finds a block of wood on which the bishop was quartered .

Free. Photos are allowed.
There is a toilet opposite the church entrance.

Address: West end of ul.Skaleczena, Kazimierz
Directions: SE Kazimierz district

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  • Updated Feb 1, 2015
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