Church of St Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan Monastery

ul. Wszystkich Świętych 5, 31-004 Kraków

The first church on the site was built in the 13th and expanded in the 15th century to be thoroughly rebuilt later, after the Swedish Deluge of the 17th century. Destroyed during the Great Fire of Kraków in 1850 it was again rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style. The neo-Gothic interior is decorated with polychrome wall paintings and stained glass to the design of Stanisław Wyspiański, of which the God the Father – Let There Be! in the Western façade is especially imposing. The high altar is flanked by late Baroque tombs of an unidentified Prince Ladislaus (Władysław) and the Franciscan Major Superior Marcin of Kraków. Most remarkable in the nave are the late Baroque altars with spiral columns designed by Francesco Placcidi, and in the chancel – the plaque commemorating Boleslaus the Modest (Bolesław Wstydliwy) Duke of Kraków, designed by Jan Matejko.

The Chapel of the Blessed Salomea from the 15th century, remodelled in the 17th, is situated by the northern entrance to the church. Standing on the altar is a small Baroque coffin with the relics of the blessed, and a reliquary with the bones of Boleslaus the Modest rests in the niche. The stations of the Way of the Cross in the Chapel of the Passion of Christ, used for centuries by the Archbrotherhood of the Passion of Christ, are the work of Józef Mehoffer.

The monastic compound gathered around two cloisters is adjacent to the church. The buildings were raised in the 14th and 15th centuries, and later repeatedly remodelled. The cloisters feature among others 15th-century Gothic frescoes. The highly impressive gallery of portraits of Kraków Bishops presented in the cloister and in the adjacent halls consists of thirteen 15th-century frescoes and 30 canvas paintings; the works themselves date back to the period from the 15th to the 20th centuries.

Date: 2016-04-06 Show ticket
News author: Karol Róg
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
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