Christian Kazimierz

 

Already in the mid-fourteenth century, the construction of the Basilica of Corpus Christi (Bazylika Bożego Ciała) began. It lasted a long time and was divided into several stages, the last of which was completed in 1405. The monastery was given to the care of the Canons of the Lateran and it has been in their charge to this day. The church has the largest organ in Kraków. In the Basilica there is the grave of the holy Stanislaus Kazimierczyk (Stanisław Kazimierczyk), the fifteenth-century priest who devoted all his life to the service help to the poor people of Kazimierz.

When Kazimierz was still a separate town, its town hall located at Wolnica Square (Plac Wolnica) served an important role. Now, the Museum of Ethnography is located here, and the square is surrounded by numerous cafés and restaurants.

Nearby, at Krakowska 48, there is the Church of Knights Hospitallers (Kościół Bonifratrów). In the building adjacent to the church there is the well-known Kraków Hospital of Knights Hospitallers (o.o. Bonifratrów), run by the monks.

A unique place of the Christian Kazimierz is the Baroque Basilica of the Pauline monks (oo. Paulinów) – Bazylika Na  Skałce, where, according to the ancient tales, King Boleslaw Śmiały  murdered Kraków's Bishop Stanislaus, (who was later canonized). In the crypt of the Basilica there is a Pantheon of Merit (Panteon Zasłużonych). Among those who rest there are: Jan Długosz, Stanisław Wyspiański, Jacek Malczewski, Adam Asnyk, Józef Ignacy Kraszewski, and the famous poet, Nobel laureate Czesław Miłosz.

Yet another church located in the Kazimierz district is the Gothic Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria (Kościół św. Katarzyny) – a very famous and one of the oldest churches in the area, located on Augustiańska street.

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