Spotlight on the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Krakow

Better known as Kościół św. Franciszka z Asyżu.

Before we get to the pictures, I would like to highlight a great passage from this church’s Wikipedia entry:

There is no consensus among historians about the church’s founder. He was probably Duke Henry II the Pious (1196–1241), son of Prince Henry the Bearded (1165–1238) who resided in Kraków and also previously invited the Franciscans to Wrocław. His wife, Anna (daughter of the Bohemian King Premysl Otakar I), and especially her sister Agnes (Agnieszka) contributed as well. However, widely regarded as the founder is also Duke Bolesław V the Chaste with his wife St. Kinga, especially in the construction and reconstruction of the church and monastery after the devastation of the Mongol invasion in 1241.

First of all, I think we should return to medieval naming conventions and give everybody an adjective. Speaking of which, I am curious about Prince Henry the Bearded. Other royalty had amazing virtues, but Prince Henry, well, uh…he had a beard.

On to the photos!

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Main church – Photo by Zygmunt Put Zetpe0202Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19261701
Art and Liturgy - Saint Francis Basilica Krakow Poland Interior 2
Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel – Photo by Zygmunt Put Zetpe0202 (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Art and Liturgy - Saint Francis Basilica Krakow Poland Interior 3
By Zygmunt Put Zetpe0202Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15267109

As I have mentioned before, I am a huge fan of bold, vibrant colors in churches. Catholic churches are supposed to be “foretastes of Heaven” and I am convinced that Heaven is not beige. Other parts of this Basilica, however, are more restrained:

Art and Liturgy - Saint Francis Basilica Krakow Poland Interior 3 Shroud of Turin Replica
Chapel with perfect replica of the Shroud of Turin – Photo by Zygmunt Put Zetpe0202Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18712558

There are more great photographs online but, due to copyright restrictions, I can’t post them here. Here are the links so you can go see them yourself:

You should also check out this great photo gallery by William Zhang.

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