Pauline Church of Ss Michael & Stanislaus

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Pauline Church of Ss Michael & Stanislaus information

Kraków , Poland
ul Skałeczna 15
+48 12 423 0948
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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.