St. Andrew's Church

Krakow, Poland

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31-044 ul. Grodzka 54
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Phone Number
+48 12 4221612
Saint-Andre offers the most beautiful example of Romanesque architecture in Krakow. Built between 1079 and 1098, it has been a place of worship for 900 years and was used as a refuge and fortress during Tartar invasions. Most of the relics have been looted anyway, to make a trip to the inside a bit of a disappointment. Re-designed by Baldassare Fontana during the mad-for-all-things-Baroque 18th century, note the pulpit which resembles a boat-typical of the Baroque style.

The Church of St. Andrew in the Old Town district of Krakow, Poland (Polish: Kosciol sw. Andrzeja) located at Grodzka Street, is a historical Romanesque church built between 1079 and 1098 by a medieval Polish statesman Palatine Sieciech. It is a rare surviving example of the European fortress church used for defensive purposes.
Built in Romanesque style, it is one of the oldest buildings in Krakow and one of the best-preserved Romanesque buildings in Poland. It was the only church in Krakow to withstand the Mongol attack of 1241. Along the lower part of the broader section of its facade are small openings that served as defensive windows at a time when the church was a place of refuge from military assaults.
From 1320 it was used by the Religious Order of Poor Clares. The building has been renovated many times. The present Baroque interiors have decorations by Baltazar Fontana, paintings by Karol Dankwart and gilded altars. The Baroque domes atop the octagonal towers were added in 1639.


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