The Altars of Hope (3)

 

Kraków is a city of churches, which is particularly evident in its historic centre. Already in the Middle Ages, the city residents willingly entrusted themselves to the care of saints. They - often brought with them the relics or mortal remains from far-away countries.

Therefore, according to popular belief, everyone would receive help from a particular saint, responsible for a particular category of wishes.

In St. Mary’s Basilica (Bazylika Mariacka), to the left of the entrance, there is the Chapel of St. Anthony (photo 3). It is here that the unfortunate, condemned to death or public flogging, spent their last night. That is why the chapel was called the Chapel of Convicts. Apparently, on more than one occasion, their fervent prayers have been answered,  bringing an unexpected turn of events.

The place has become so famous that many of Kraków’s residents made their pleas here. Although in no danger of such severe penalties as in the past, they had their own little worries and thus sought every avenue of protection, including the protection of St. Anthony.

 

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