St. Mary's Basilica - Kosciol Mariacki - skip the line

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plac Mariacki 5
  • Skip the queue
  • Admire the interior of the most famous church in Krakow
  • See the magnificent altar of Veit Stoss

Opening hours

  • Monday - Saturday: 11:30 - 18:00
  • Sunday and Holidays: 14:00 - 18:00

About

Two characteristic towers of St. Mary's Basilica rear above the Market Square skyline and can be seen from a very long distance. One can risk saying that this is the most known and recognizable church in Krakow - it has been a symbol of Market Square since the 13th century. We know what does it look like from the front but the interior is a mystery for most of the Tourists.

And it doesn't have to be! The altar of Veit Stoss is well worth your precoius time in Krakow.

And there is one more thing. Did you see the long line of tourists waiting for their entry?

With our voucher you will not wait in this line - just go straight inside - no standing in queues - ain't nobody has time for that!

Interesting facts

The interior of the Basilica is impressive - the altar of Veit Stoss is considered one of the most important and the most magnificent late gothic works that could be admired only during the biggest holidays. The altar was closed for everyday church services.

Today, the solemn opening of the altar takes place every day at 11:50. The vault covered with stars was painted by Jan Matejko himself with the help of students of the Academy of Fine Arts (including young Wyspiański, who also designed stained glass windows).

Two towers of St. Mary's Church

Do you know the legend? The two brothers were building towers of St. Mary's Church. At one point, the one of the elder began to tower over the younger broher's one. His jealousy led him to a terrible crime - he killed his older brother so that he could enjoy the glory after building the towers. Now his tower was higher, and the tower of the murdered brother was covered with a dome. When the construction was over, his guilty conscience would not give him any peace. He climbed up to his "higher" tower, confessed his sin holding a knife to which he committed fratricide and then he threw himself out of the tower.

Another legend related to the legend about St. Mary's Towers is the fact that supposedly the knife, which the jealous brother used to commit a crime, is now hanging in the Cloth Hall.

Important info

  • You can get to St. Mary's Church by public transport, any tram stop around the Main Market Square will do, but the closest one is Poczta Główna
  • The voucher entitles you to skip the queue - present the PRINTED voucher the the entrance to the church
  • The last entrance to St. Mary's Church is possible 15 minutes before it closes
  • The ticket is non refundable
  • To get a student discount students must have a valid student ID card

Faq

Can I visit the Church on a different day than the date on the voucher?

Of course, you can use the voucher any day after the date of purchase.

Does the voucher have to be printed?

Yes, it is necessary. You will not receive a ticket without a printed voucher. If you need help printing it out, please visit our Tourists Information Point. Our consultants will print it out for you.