St. Bartholomew's Church

Wrocław, Poland

Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew is one of Ostrów Tumski's most beautiful and iconic structures, thanks to a 70m steeple and impressive entry staircase, this curious sanctuary is actually two churches in one. Split over two levels, the building comprises the shorter windows of the Church of St. Bartholomew beneath the soaring windows of the upper level Church of the Holy Cross. The first two-storey church in Silesia, and one of only a few in all of Europe, the church was completed in 1295 as an act of reconciliation ending a long dispute between Duke Henry IV and Bishop Thomas II. For centuries the sarcophagus of Henry IV was housed in the upper Church of the Holy Cross, however today it can be seen on display in the National Museum. Standing outside the church is a large sculpture of John of Nepomuk dating from 1732.

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Founded: 1295
Category: Religious sites in Poland

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Pow dodo (2 years ago)
Nice
Oleksandr Tybin (2 years ago)
It's very massive from the outside. Also it's interesting in the inside, but I wasn't paying for further entrance. Polecam!
Attila Tényi (2 years ago)
Beautiful french gothic style church.
yves frombelgium (3 years ago)
Beautiful catholic church, in beautiful surroundings, it's so nice to stroll around in this area
Richard Ulkowski (4 years ago)
Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew is one of Ostrów Tumski's most beautiful and iconic structures, thanks to a 70m steeple and impressive entry staircase, this curious sanctuary is actually two churches in one. Split over two levels, the building comprises the shorter windows of the Church of St. Bartholomew beneath the soaring windows of the upper level Church of the Holy Cross. The first two-storey church in Silesia, and one of only a few in all of Europe, the church was completed in 1295 as an act of reconciliation ending a long dispute between Duke Henry IV and Bishop Thomas II. For centuries the sarcophagus of Henry IV was housed in the upper Church of the Holy Cross, however today it can be seen on display in the National Museum. Standing outside the church is a large sculpture of John of Nepomuk dating from 1732.
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