Order of Norbertines Monastery / St. Norbert Monastery

Order of Norbertines Monastery / St. Norbert Monastery

Krakow, Poland

 
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Order of Norbertines Monastery / St. Norbert Monastery
Order of Norbertines Monastery / St. Norbert Monastery
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30-106 ul. Kosciuszki 88
Krakow
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Poland
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Phone Number
+48 12 4271318
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Monastery of the Order of Norbertines is located in the west of Krakow. Built in 1148, this fortified complex destroyed and rebuilt again several times over the centuries, seemingly irresistible to the marauding Tartar hordes whose proficiency at razing architectural marvels has been well noted by history.

It is believed that members of the Order of St. Norbert came to this place in the middle of the XII century. Initially the monastery was divided into the male and female part. It became exclusively female after Tartar raids in 1241.

The structures seen today within the monastery’s many courtyards and high, crenellated walls were rebuilt at the turn of the 17th century and the interiors date to the 18th century. The baroque Church of St. Augustine & John the Baptist (open during mass only) can be entered through the 13th century Romanesque portal beneath the tower or through the outer courtyard.

Legends

As with most ancient Cracovian landmarks, there are a fair few legends associated with the Norbertine Monastery.

The first is to do with Saint Bronisława, who after being visited by the Holy Spirit and warned of an impending Tartar attack (which back in those days was a bit like having the Lord tell you that the sun was going to come up tomorrow), managed to rally the Sisters to safety in the adjacent hills which now bear her name. The monastery was of course destroyed and Saint Bronisława spent the rest of her days mending the spirits of those sceptical of a God that would send Tartars to burn their homes every damn weekend.

Another legend regards the Norbertine Cathedral bell and its mournful, murky tone. During tartar raid the enemy forces broke the bell from the tower and tried to take it off with them as trophy, but they drowned in the Visla. Since then at the night of the summer solstice, the river water parts and people can see a bell on the river bottom. People may heard the bell until the clock on the town hall will show twelve.

Events and traditions

Some of Kraków’s most important traditions are also connected with the monastery.

The St. Norbert Monastery is famous for the feast of Emmaus. People celebrate it on the first Monday after Easter for the past eight centuries. Traditionally, the celebration begins with a solemn mass in the Church of St. Augustine and John the Baptist, which conducted by the Archbishop of Krakow. All participats in the prayer granted the indulgence – remission of sins, therefore this feast has an alternative name "dismissal" ("odpust"). Then the festival moves to nearby streets: fair, musical performances and entertainments.

The June Lajkonik Procession - the foremost symbol of Kraków - also goes near the monastery. The character in the costume of a Tartar horseman with the Krakow banner goes down the streets of the city accompanied by folk musicians on the eighth day after the Body and Blood of Christ feast. The procession originated for the memory of two sieges by the Tartar forces who had to endure Krakow.

Collections

The monastery has a valuable collection of manuscripts and old books, a collection of fabrics and items of decorative-applied art.

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Beautiful monument, but the quality of the mass of the saints is crazy.
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Piekny jako zabytek, jednak jakosc mszy swietych bez szalu.
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Part of the parish consists of 3 churches sa high-class monuments. At the Church of St. John the Baptist and St. Augustine is the convent of Norbertines. Inch the neighborhood is very beautiful, being in Cracow, it is worth it to do a walk. The other two churches on the hill, Bl. Bronislawy, Najsw. Salwatorze - once a year in may available sa visitors of the catacombs, in a separate building there Monday at Salwatorze indulgence Emmaus. Neighborhood and sisters Norbertankami in the cave a lot of podan and legends.
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W sklad parafii wchodza 3 koscioly - wszystkie sa najwyzszej klasy zabytkami. Przy kosciele Sw. Jana Chrzciciela i Sw. Augustyna znajduje sie klasztor Norbertanek. Cala okolica jest niezwykle piekna, bedac w Krakowie warto po niej zrobic spacer. Pozostale dwa koscioly na wzgorzu Bl. Bronislawy, w Najsw. Salwatorze - raz w roku, w maju udostepniane sa zwiedzajacym katakumby, w Lany Poniedzialek na Salwatorze odpust Emaus. Z okolica i z siostrami Norbertankami wiaze sie wiele podan i legend.
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Excellent location-over-the Vistula. Beautiful Church.
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Rewelacyjna lokalizacja nad Wisłą. Piękny kościół.
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