Cistercian Church and Monastery in Mogiła

Address:
ul. Klasztorna 11, Kraków

Description

The Church of the Holy Virgin Mary and St. Wacław in Mogiła and its accompanying monastery are among the most valuable religious monuments in Małopolska. The Cistercians, to which the complex belongs, came here in 1222.

The Church of the Holy Virgin Mary and St. Wacław in Mogiła and its accompanying monastery are among the most valuable religious monuments in Małopolska. The Cistercians, to which the complex belongs, came here in 1222.

The church they raised on this site is an example of transitional architecture somewhere between the Romanesque and Gothic styles (although it is not easily discerned when looking at its Baroque façade from the 18th century). The temple is characterised by properties typical of Cistercian structures in the whole Europe: short chancel terminated by a straight wall with adjoining two pairs of side chapels, which used to serve the monks in their night prayers, demanded by their strict rule.

In the 16th century, the north chapels were merged into one – the chapel to the Holy Cross, containing the Mogiła Crucifix, renowned for its grace. It is a unique sculpture, which was supposedly fished out from the Vistula in the 12th century. It survived a fire in the 15th century as the only element of the furnishings. Only Christ's hair and girdle burned down. This is why from then on, the head of the Redeemer is covered with a wig made of real hair and his hips are girdled with a real fabric.

Translation: Summa Linguae SA

Date: 2013-06-07 Show ticket
News author: Weronika Dulowska
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
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