"St Mary Church Altar" St. Mary's Church (Kosciol Mariacki) Tip by Ash59

by Ash59

Favorite thing: Photographs are not allowed in the Church so the picture that you can see has been taken from a postcard that you can buy from the shop found at the tourist entrance. The inside of the church is so colourful that I do not think pictures viewed over the web would do it justice, anyway.

Fondest memory: The altar, which is the photo that is shown, dates from 1477-89. The largest altar of its type in Europe, measuring 11mtr x 13mtr, it is completed with oak wood (the structure) and linden wood (the sculptures).

Quite apart from its age, the altar has some history behind it, in the fact that it has not always resided in the Church. In 1939, it was taken apart and concealed from the Germans. However, they found it and transported it to Nurnberg. In 1946, after a campaign to recover the altar, it was returned back to Cracow. It was returned to the Church and its present location in 1957, after a process of renovation and preservation.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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