Church of St Michael the Archangel and St Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr and Pauline Fathers Monastery, Skałka, which means 'a small rock' in Polish, is a small outcrop in Kraków where the Bishop of Kraków saint Stanislaus of Szczepanów was slain by order of Polish king Bolesław II the Bold in 1079. This action resulted in the king's exile and the eventual canonization of the slain bishop.

Originally, a Romanesque church was built there. King Casimir III raised a new gothic church in its place and since 1472 this shrine has been in the possession of a monastic community of Pauline Fathers. In 1733-1751 the church received a baroque decor. It is one of the most famous Polish sanctuaries.

The crypt underneath the church serves as a 'national Panthéon', a burial place for some of the most distinguished Poles, particularly those who lived in Kraków.

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Skałeczna 15, Kraków, Poland
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Poland

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Niko Gritchiano (20 months ago)
Nice place. But I didn't got the purpose of the stone with guy from Scream movie?
PJ Rain (21 months ago)
Nice building, though it wasn’t possible to enter. The gardenarea around was nice, even in winter.
Ntombifuthi Nzimande (21 months ago)
Some pictures I HD to take using SnapChat has the quality was so much better than using my phone camera. But anyways, the church is relatively easy to find. About a 5 minutes walk from the Castle. You do not need to pay to enter the yards or the church itself. I came here a day before Christmas and the decorations inside the church were beautiful.
Frederic PELIN (2 years ago)
A bit outside of the tourist track (not that much though). Stylish basilica
Rob Szarek (2 years ago)
Wonderful basilica with a large courtyard that features a sunken gated fountain and pool as well as a semi-circular monument site.
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