The Franciscan Basilica
Pl. Wszystkich Świętych 5, Krakow, Poland
The Franciscan Basilica Krakow Reviews
Probably the most beautiful church in Krakow Jul 18, 2008
In my opinion, the Franciscan basilica (or (Bazylika Św. Franciszka) is the most beautiful church in Krakow. I have never seen anything like this place. Same as the Maria basilica, the walls here are amazingly painted with colorful motives. Yet here the drawings look different: more flashy, intense and especially more hippy-like. They are not at all what you'd expect in a church.
The atmosphere is quiet and most of all dark. There is very little light inside of the building, which is just perfect to admire the masterpieces of glass-windows. These are, just as the walls, created with extremely intense colors, and fully in Art Nouveau style. That happens to be my favorite design type, so I've been sitting here for a very long time just gazing up to the windows. Truly beautiful!
They say this 13th century church has burned down several times, but was rebuild again and again. It became the first brick stone building in the city and is famous for it's decorations. Both walls and windows were designed by the same Polish artist. This is an absolute must-see in Krakow!
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