St Mark’s Church

Address:
ul. Świętego Marka 10, 31-012 Kraków

This church is situated by the intersection of św. Marka and Sławkowska streets. Founded late in the 13th century by Boleslaus the Modest (Bolesław Wstydliwy) Duke of Kraków for Canons Regular of St Augustine, known in Poland as Marki (from the patron’s name) or rogacze (verbatim “the horned ones”, from the shape of the hats they wore). Started in the 13th century, the construction of the church lasted until the latter half of the 15th. The Gothic church was extended in the 16th and 17th centuries by the addition of the bell tower, porch, and two chapels – of St Sofia and of Our Lady of Consolation from the southern side. The monastery underwent transformation as well. The successful transformations took place in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. From the early 19th century, the monastery and church have been used by retired priests. A section of the monastery in Sławkowska street was demolished in the 1930s and developed into shops.

The church has externally retained Gothic features, while the rich internal furnishing is wholly Baroque and Mannerist. Attention is drawn to the sculpture of Michael the Archangel with a dragon, the work of an artist from the circle of Baltazar (Baldassare) Fontana, and the rococo pulpit in the shape of the order’s coat of arms: heart with a cross, being borne aloft by an angel.

Date: 2017-05-19 Show ticket
News author: MARCIN DROBISZ
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
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