St. Peter and Paul Church

Kraków, Poland

The Church of Sts. Peter and Paul is a Baroque Jesuit church known best for the statues of the 12 disciples lining the fence at the front.

Commissioned for the Jesuit order, Sts. Peter and Paul was the first baroque church in Krakow. It is one of the most faithful examples of transplanting the architecture of the famous Gesu Church in Rome to foreign soil, with a fine Baroque facade and great dome.

It is said that the Jesuits spent so much money on the ornate white facade and the sculptures that they ran out of money to finish the rest of the building. Indeed, behind the impressive Baroque facade is a church made from ordinary brick.

The stone statues of the 12 Apostles on the fence, looming larger-than-life-size, are replicas of the 18th-century late Baroque originals. The latter can be seen in the side yard.

The interior is not as impressive as the exterior, but worth a look. The crypt contains the sarcophagus of Father Skarga, a famous 17th-century Jesuit preacher.

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Grodzka 52A, Kraków, Poland
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Founded: 1597-1619
Category: Religious sites in Poland

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ERIKA BRACHOWICZ VITERI (12 months ago)
St. Andrew's Church is one of the most beautiful temples in Poland, formerly not only masses were held but also served as a refuge during invasions. It's worth a visit!!
H Z (2 years ago)
Very detailed and interesting architecture, tunnels underneath with crypts too that were unexpected!
Meoppies (2 years ago)
Small little church worth walking in to when discovering the city if krakow.
Khozam Abourdan (3 years ago)
I love it
Paula Andreea Secareanu (3 years ago)
It’s a beautifull curch, with more memories and history!
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