Church of St Egidius and the Dumpling Gate

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Wroclaw, Poland
Church of St Egidius and the Dumpling Gate - The Dumpling
Church of St Egidius and the Dumpling Gate - Dumpling Gate
Church of St Egidius and the Dumpling Gate - Interior of St Egidius
Church of St Egidius and the Dumpling Gate - The Romanesque portal
Church of St Egidius and the Dumpling Gate - Romanesque brick ornaments on the facade
Church of St Egidius and the Dumpling Gate - Church of St Egidius

Church of St Egidius and the Dumpling Gate Wroclaw Reviews

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Ostrów Tumski: The Little Church of St Egidius and the Dumpling Gate Aug 07, 2014
The little Romanesque church of St Egidius is hidden behind the cathedral and easily overlooked. It is probably the smallest among the churches on Ostrów Tumski (and surely the cutest). There is no exact date known for its construction but the Romanesque style points to the 12th century. It is built from bricks; note the ornamental freeze on the facades. The portal is rather plain but well-proportioned; its white stone columns contrast with the red bricks.

The church is usually closed except for mass. It takes a bit of good luck to find the door open - one day it was. We could only peep in through a wrought-iron gate but better than not seeing the interior at all.

The arched gate between St Egidius church and the chapter house is known as the "Dumpling Gate". An entertaining legend tells why:

Once upon a time a widowed man was on his way home from the market. He was very tired and sat down to rest. He fell asleep and dreamed of his defunct wife, and her extraordinary cooking skills. Her speciality and his favourite had been dumplings. When he woke up, he found a bowl full of his favourite food, hot and steaming and tasty... Very moved, he promised to leave one dumpling as a memorial but he could not control his appetite. But when he started on the last dumpling, it was taken away by an invisible hand and put on top of the gate, where it petrified and can be seen to this very day...
Church of St Egidius
Romanesque brick ornaments on the …
The Romanesque portal
Interior of St Egidius
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