Sigismund's Chapel

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Sigismund's Chapel (1519-1533)

Sigismund's Chapel (Polish: kaplica Zygmuntowska) is a chapel of the Wawel Cathedral, Kraków, Poland, one of the masterpieces of Polish architecture. Built as a funerary chapel for the last Jagiellons, it has been hailed by many art historians as "the most beautiful example of the Tuscan Renaissance north of the Alps".[1][2] Financed by King Sigismund I the Old, it was built in 1519-33 by Bartolomeo Berrecci.

A square-based chapel with a golden dome houses the tombs of its founder King Sigismund, as well as King Sigismund II Augustus and Anna Jagiellonka. The inner sculptures, stuccos and paintings were designed by some of the most renowned artists of the age, including the architect Berrecci himself, Georg Pencz, Santi Gucci and Hermann Vischer.

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  1. ^ Nimmrichter, Johann; Kautek, Wolfgang; Schreiner, Manfred (2007). LACONA 6 proceedings. p. 125. ISBN 3-540-72129-0. 
  2. ^ Rouček, Joseph Slabey (1949). Slavonic encyclopaedia. Philosophical Library. p. 24. The much admired Sigismund Chapel, called 'the pearl of the Renaissance north of the Alps' by foreign scholars. 

Coordinates: 50°03′17″N 19°56′08″E / 50.05464°N 19.935435°E / 50.05464; 19.935435