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St Mary Magdalene Church, Wroclaw: 6 reviews and 20 photos

According to different publications this is a high class monument of the Polish Romanesque sculpture. The most interesting thing about this portal is that it comes from a different church, from the destroyed Benedictine abbey in Olbin (today a part of Wroclaw). The portal was put here in 1546.
The abbey compound, where the portal was orginally located, was founded in the second half of the 12th century by Piotr Wlostowic. It was situated at the right riverside of the river Oder. One of the magnificent buildings in the compound was the St. Mary and Vincent Church. There was the portal.
1529, the town authorities ordered to dismantle the whole abbey as possible place in their opinion from which the Turkish army could have attack the town. Remember that Wroclaw belonged to the Habsburgs Monarchy at that time.
Its up-to-date layout is and the lack of the previous decoration are an effect of its relocation in 1546. Tho lions which stood here till 19th century were lost.

I think it is not only for the architecture buffs.

You can see the wide variety of motifs comprising roses, griffon, hippocampus and narrative scenes connected with nativity and childhood of Jesus.

If you come here try to find a hippocampus.

Address: ul. Szewska, close to the Market Square
Website: http://www.wroclaw.co/content/st-elisabeths-church-mary-magdalenes-church

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  • Updated Sep 28, 2011
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