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Basilica of the Virgin Marys Krakow, Poland

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Krakow's Basilica of the Virgin Marys

   Beautifully located in the central area of Krakow, on its Grand Square, the Basilica of the Virgin Mary known in Poland as Kosciol Mariacki is among the most famous churches in the country.

   The brick-built church of Saint Mary was first built during the 1220s and after being destroyed by the Tartars was later reconstructed in the end of the thirteenth century, replacing its Romanesque architecture with a Gothic one. Some decades later was added a chancel with windows of stained glass.

   By the end of the next, fourteenth century, the church got its form of a basilica, as it is known today. It features two towers, the taller one being as high as eighty-one meters with a Gothic spire and a crown of gold plates. This tower belongs to the municipality and every full hour herefrom is played the Krakow trumpet signal known as the heynal.

   The story behind this tune is very interesting, as it commemorates a trumpeter, who was shot with a gun in the throat during the thirteenth century, while he was playing the trumpet to alarm the city of Krakow before the attack of the Mongols. The trumpeter was further commemorated by the English writer Kelly in year 1929 in his book "The Trumpeter of Krakow".

   The second, lower tower is sixty-nine meters tall and has five bells under a Renaissance roof dating back to year 1592. The front porch of the Virgin Mary's Basilica comes with two holy-water basins from the early Gothic age. The Basilica of Virgin Mary is home to a giant, beautiful Gothic altar, which was carved from wood in the period 1477 - 1489 by the best European sculptor from that period, Veit Stoss.

   Two years after that he sculptured a crucifix of stone, which was positioned in the Baroque alter on the southern aisle. It is believed that Veit Stoss was also the artist who carved the large crucifix above the nave. The rest of the basilica and its twelve chapels are filled with sepulchral monuments, ornate stalls and wall paintings by the painter Jan Matejkom which were placed there after the renovation in the period between 1888 and 1891.

   In the treasure-house of the Virgin Mary's Basilica are preserved more than 300 embroidered vestments and numerous objects of art which are priceless. In the years after its construction, the Basilica of the Virgin Mary used to be a model for the numerous churches that were to be built by like for example the Church of Saint Michael and the Church of Saint John Cantius in the city of Chicago.

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Info Price per night Distance Studio ApartmentPrice includes - 2 people
Maximum guests - 2
€290.25 km
(0.16 mi)
Venus##Studio Apartment##€29##http://hotels.krakow.pl/pictures/ap_21326_in.jpg##8##20m2##Bathroom, kitchenette, Livingroom / Bedroom##http://hotels.krakow.pl/en/details/apartment21326.html
One Bedroom ApartmentPrice includes - 3 people
Maximum guests - 4
€270.25 km
(0.16 mi)
Aurora##One Bedroom Apartment##€27##http://hotels.krakow.pl/pictures/ap_19514_in.jpg##8##50m2##Bathroom, Kitchen, Living room, Bedroom, dining room##http://hotels.krakow.pl/en/details/apartment19514.html
Two Bedroom ApartmentPrice includes - 4 people
Maximum guests - 6
€370.25 km
(0.16 mi)
Black Red White Slawkowska##Two Bedroom Apartment##€37##http://hotels.krakow.pl/pictures/ap_2116_in.jpg##8##82m2##2 x Bathrooms, Corridor, Modern Kitchen, Living room, 2 x Bedroom##http://hotels.krakow.pl/en/details/apartment2116.html
Three Bedroom ApartmentPrice includes - 6 people
Maximum guests - 8
€560.25 km
(0.16 mi)
Star##Three Bedroom Apartment##€56##http://hotels.krakow.pl/pictures/ap_1708_in.jpg##8##130m2##2 x Bathrooms, 3 x Bedrooms, Kitchen, Living room##http://hotels.krakow.pl/en/details/apartment1708.html
Two Bedroom ApartmentPrice includes - 4 people
Maximum guests - 6
€370.25 km
(0.16 mi)
Mars##Two Bedroom Apartment##€37##http://hotels.krakow.pl/pictures/ap_21327_in.jpg##8##80m2##Bathroom, kitchenette, Living room, 2 x Bedroom##http://hotels.krakow.pl/en/details/apartment21327.html
Two Bedroom ApartmentPrice includes - 4 people
Maximum guests - 6
€370.25 km
(0.16 mi)
I'll Be Back##Two Bedroom Apartment##€37##http://hotels.krakow.pl/images/ap_list/30531/30531_in.jpg##8##76m2##2 x Bathroom, Kitchen in the living / dining room, Living room, 2 x Bedroom##http://hotels.krakow.pl/en/details/apartment30531.html
Two Bedroom ApartmentPrice includes - 4 people
Maximum guests - 7
€370.25 km
(0.16 mi)
Spring Sonata - The Spiski Palace##Two Bedroom Apartment##€37##http://hotels.krakow.pl/images/ap_list/38159/38159_in.jpg##8##82m2##Bathroom, 2 x Bedrooms, Kitchen in the living / dining room, Corridor##http://hotels.krakow.pl/en/details/apartment38159.html
Two Bedroom ApartmentPrice includes - 4 people
Maximum guests - 7
€370.25 km
(0.16 mi)
Fire and Sword - The Spiski Palace ##Two Bedroom Apartment##€37##http://hotels.krakow.pl/images/ap_list/38062/38062_in.jpg##8##86m2##Bathroom, 2 x Bedrooms, Kitchen in the living / dining room, Corridor, 2 x Bedroom##http://hotels.krakow.pl/en/details/apartment38062.html
Studio ApartmentPrice includes - 2 people
Maximum guests - 4
€350.25 km
(0.16 mi)
Queen And Jester - The Spiski Palace##Studio Apartment##€35##http://hotels.krakow.pl/images/ap_list/37316/37316_in.jpg##7##52m2##Bathroom, Corridor, Kitchen, Livingroom / Bedroom##http://hotels.krakow.pl/en/details/apartment37316.html
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