St. Mary’s Church

Opening hours: 

Monday- Suturday 11.30 am- 6.00 pm
Sundays and Holy Days 2.00 am- 6:00 pm
The ceremonial opening of the Wit Stwosz altar takes place at 11.50 am


Cracow, 5 Mariacki Square

Bus and Tram Routes: 

bus: 610, 662, 669, 902, 904 tram: 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 18, 19, 24, 52, 62, 69

Nearest bus or tram: 

Poczta Główna

The first brick Romanesque church built in the place where today we can find St. Mary’s Church was built in the early thirteenth century. This structure didn’t last long- it was destroyed during the Tatar invasion. However, at the end of the thirteenth century on the old foundations, the construction of a new church had been started and it lasted almost to the middle of the fourteenth century. Since then, the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was many times expanded, modernized rebuilt and renovated - the last time in 2003.

St. Mary’s Church is not only a place of worship, but also a true work of art. At the end of the fifteenth century the church was embellished by Veit Stoss, an artist from Nuremberg, who created a new altar - which is considered a masterpiece of architecture of the late Gothic. This is just one of the many artistic elements of this historic place. Best to visit this place and see for yourself.

Next to the St. Mary’s Church you can visit another Catholic Church of the St. Adalbert rebuilt in the style of Baroque.