Pauline Church of Ss Michael & Stanislaus
Church of St Catherine
One of the most monumental churches in the city, and possibly the one that has best retained its original Gothic shape, St Catherine’s...
The pleasure boat Nimfa cruises along the Vistula River, departing from the pier below Wawel Castle, and motoring past sights such as...
Kraków Booze Cruise
Kraków Booze Cruise departs from the same spot at 7pm every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The cost (60/90zł for women/men) gets you...
Ciasteczka z Krakowa
This bakery-cum-cafe serves some of the best cakes and pastries in Poland.
A Hungarian guy called László told us this was the best Magyar restaurant in Kraków, and he was right on the money. Its Hungarian owners...
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Pauline Church of Ss Michael & Stanislaus information
This most esteemed church is commonly known as the Skałka (Rock) due to its location on a once-rocky promontory. Today's mid-18th-century Baroque church is associated with Bishop Stanisław (Stanislaus) Szczepanowski, patron saint of Poland. In 1079, the bishop was beheaded by King Bolesław Śmiały (Boleslaus the Bold): see the very tree trunk where the dirty deed was done, now in a place of honour next to the altar. Apparently the bishop's dismembered remains were tossed into a nearby pond, but the body miraculously re-formed, demonstrating the healing powers of the waters. Now the Skałka is a sort of national pantheon. The crypt underneath the church shelters the tombs of 12 eminent cultural figures, including the composer Karol Szymanowski and painters Jacek Malczewski and Stanisław Wyspiański.