Crowned Tower of St. Mary's Church in Krakow
Crowns top Krakow towers with good reason as the city boasts
an official tittle of the ,,Royal Capital City". The most
prominent of them adorns the higher, municipal tower of the
basilica of the Virgin Mary's (Kosciol Mariacki).
The 81-meter-tall church tower got its fabulous Gothic spire
with eight turrets in 1478 after the last two stories had
been added in 1408. Yet its crown was mentioned first in
1628. The present octagonal one of gold-plated sheet copper
was put 65.5 m above the ground in 1666. It is 2.4 m in
diameter and 1.3 m wide. The length of each of its eight
sections is 1.2 m. The crown weighs 350 kg.
The Town Hall Tower across the Grand Square is also surmounted with a
crown and had a spire with turrets till the 17th century.
|Basilica of the
The immense Gothic church, Krakow's principal temple
since the 13th century, shelters many world-class works of art.
The world's greatest Gothic sculpture
Hourly musical show in the sky dates from the Middle
Krakow numerous churches are architectural gems, art
hoards, and spiritual hubs