Church of St. Andrew (Kosciol Swietogo Andrzeja), Krakow

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The Church of St. Andrew in the Old Town district of Kraków, Poland (Kościół św. Andrzeja) located at Grodzka Street, is a historical Romanesque church built between 1079 and 1098 by a medieval Polish statesman Palatine Sieciech. It is a rare surviving example of the European fortress church used for defensive purposes.
Built in Romanesque style, it is one of the oldest buildings in Kraków and one of the best-preserved Romanesque buildings in Poland. It was the only church in Kraków to withstand the Mongol attack of 1241. Along the lower part of the broader section of its façade are small openings that served as defensive windows at a time when the church was a place of refuge from military assaults.
From 1320 it was used by the Religious Order of Poor Clares. The building has been renovated many times. The present Baroque interiors have decorations by Baltazar Fontana, paintings by Karol Dankwart and gilded altars. The Baroque domes atop the octagonal towers were added in 1639.
The church is possibly the best preserved example of early Romanesque architecture in the city of Kraków and in Poland. The massive building was constructed from stone blocks towards the end of the 11th century, and also fulfilled important defensive functions. The two octagonal looking towers, with the doubled arcade windows are perfect examples and characteristic of Romanesque architecture. They extend high over the body of the church. The apse decorated with a modest arcade freeze and numerous details (including stairs and window frames) maintain the same character.
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  • A really historic attraction from the energy which takes its breath away. The church has a cozy courtyard.
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  • I found St. Andrew's Church really beautiful. Right next to the larger Peter and Paul Church, it seems almost a little sloppily treated, but it is definitely worth seeing. The small atrium looks (and probably is) very old - I like that. You go down a few steps and then you can enter the church. This one has a pleasant atmosphere, since nuns were there for prayer, I didn't move big and looked around - I didn't want to disturb.
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  • One of the church inside the old town, a small one
  • This is one of Krakow's oldest churches. It's actually part of a monastery, which doesn't seem to be open to the public. When we went the church was open but we could only stand in the back and had a limited view. It seems very pretty. I'm not sure if/when you can actually visit. It's very pretty inside and, since you're probably visiting Peter and Paul next door, you should definitely stop in and take a look.
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