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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Heorhii (15 months ago)
It is a pity that I did not manage to visit there, but at the entrance I bought a gold coin with a picture of the city. Cost 8zł
Robert Cooke (22 months ago)
Huge and impressive church. As with all of the popular tourists spots in Wroclaw I'd recommend coming here first thing in the morning if you want to have it to yourself.
vinod mathew (2 years ago)
Magnificent old church which is surrounded by water. One of must see places in Wroclaw. There is National Museum where you can visit.Church is build around 1300 AD.
Christo Habib (2 years ago)
One of the wonderful church in Wroclaw. This church is really huge. Very peaceful place to pray. Lovely church from outside.
Philippe Bun (2 years ago)
Actually two churches in one (two entrances). The one below was built there because of a cross-shaped root find there. The construction of both churches was the result of a fight between the bishop and the Duke at that time. Magnificent buildings with nice sculptures and a copy of the Sistine Chapel painting
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