Corpus Christi Basilica

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Corpus Christi Basilica
Bazylika Bożego Ciała (in Polish)
Church of Corpus Christi in Kraków 3.jpg
Basic information
Location Kraków, Poland
Affiliation Roman Catholic
District Kazimierz
Architectural description
Architectural style Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque
Completed mid-15th century
Materials Brick, Stone

The Corpus Christi Basilica (Polish: Bazylika Bożego Ciała), located in the Kazimierz district of Kraków, Poland is a Gothic church founded by King Casimir III the Great in 1335.


The basilica was erected in stages beginning in 1340 until about the mid-15th century. It was intended as a monastery church, which explains the large plot of land on which it stands, and the presence of a monastic cemetery next to it. In 1404 King Władysław II Jagiełło gave it to the Canons Regular of the Lateran, a congregation which he had brought in from Kłodzko.[1]


The interior of the church is a mixture of Polish Gothic and impressive Polish Baroque architecture with structural features such as a large gilded Baroque high altar, a boat-shaped pulpit (1750), and the organ. The church was robbed clean and the interior utterly devastated by soldiers of the 1655 Swedish invasion (the Deluge),[2] which explains the prevalence of Baroque in its current decoration. The church is said to contain one of the most beautiful Baroque choir stalls in Central Europe.[3] Bartolommeo Berrecci, the Renaissance artist who designed Sigismund's Chapel at Wawel, is buried there.

Interior of the basilica

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kraków Travel: Kościół Bożego Ciała Archived 2011-11-13 at the Wayback Machine. with map, and photographs. Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe. Retrieved October 26, 2011. (in Polish)
  2. ^ The Basilica of Corpus Christi (Kosciol Bozego Ciala) with photographs, including opening hours, at
  3. ^ Corpus Christi Church (Kościół Bożego Ciała) including location map by

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Coordinates: 50°02′58″N 19°56′40″E / 50.04944°N 19.94444°E / 50.04944; 19.94444 (Corpus Christi)