Corpus Christi Basilica
|Corpus Christi Basilica|
Bazylika Bożego Ciała (in Polish)
|Architectural style||Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque|
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.
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), 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. Bartolommeo Berrecci, the Renaissance artist who designed Sigismund's Chapel at Wawel, is buried there.
- 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)
- The Basilica of Corpus Christi (Kosciol Bozego Ciala) with photographs, including opening hours, at virtualtourist.com
- Corpus Christi Church (Kościół Bożego Ciała) including location map by Inyourpocket.com
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