The Corpus Christi Church

Address:
ul. Bożego Ciała 25, Kraków

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Corpus Christi Church is one of the city's most beautiful Gothic churches, located at number 25 Bożego Ciała Street). Its name refers to the history of a monstrance which had been stolen from All Saints' Church in Kraków. According to a legend, upon realising that the monstrance was not made of gold, the thieves dumped it on this very site.

Corpus Christi Church is one of the city's most beautiful Gothic churches, located at number 25 Bożego Ciała Street). Its name refers to the history of a monstrance which had been stolen from All Saints' Church in Kraków. According to a legend, upon realising that the monstrance was not made of gold, the thieves dumped it on this very site.

The fortunate event led to the construction of this impressive building. The construction, commissioned by King Casimir III the Great in 1340, lasted until 1405, when the church and monastery were taken over by the Canons Regular of the Lateran, who had been brought from Kłodzko. The church's design and furnishings are definitely not worse than those of the famous St. Mary's Basilica. The Gothic walls are contrasted with gilded Baroqe altars adorning each pillar. The monumental high altar from the 1st half of the 17th century, magnificent carved stalls from 1632 and a Renaissance mausoleum of St. Jan Kazimierczyk with a painted door which tells a story about the miracles he performed – all that is very impressive.

The Renaissance frames of the wall altars in the aisles serve as mementos of Bartolommeo Berrecci, a valued architect who worked at the Wawel and was buried in the church in 1537. Behind the church are monastery buildings of the Canons Regular of the Lateran, an old monastery school and a garden with a 17th century gazebo. Traces of the openings through which meals used to be served to lepers constitute a certain curiosity.

Translation: Summa Linguae SA

Date: 2016-02-16 Show ticket
News author: TOMASZ STANKIEWICZ
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
Tags: city, tourism
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