Sanktuarium św. Stanisława na Skałce Kraków

Sanctuary of St. Stanislaus in Kraków

Sanctuary of St. Stanislaus in Kraków
ul. Skałeczna 15, 31-065 Kraków Region turystyczny: Małopolska
Tourist subregion: Krakowski
tel. +48 126190900
Facilities at cultural sites: Photographing allowed
Type of historical sites: Sanctuaries and cult destinations
The baroque church of Sts. Michelangelo and Stanislaus in Kraków’s Skałka rises above the boulevards on Vistula River. The first, Romanesque church was built here as early as in the 11th century. Inside this temple, in 1079, bishop Stanislaus of Szczepanów was murdered by order of king Bolesław II the Bold. Although his remains (which, as legend has it, were first chopped apart and then miraculously integrated after the bishop’s death) were transferred to Wawel, the church in Skałka still serves as the place of worship of the martyr, who was canonised and declared patron of Poland in the 13th century. The most important festival celebrated in the sanctuary is 8 May, the day when St. Stanislaus’ relics are carried in procession from Wawel to Skałka. Underneath the church in Skałka, there is a crypt which serves as a National Pantheon. Among the distinguished Poles buried there are: the chronicler Jan Długosz, the painter and playwright Stanisław Wyspiański and the poet Czesław Miłosz.
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