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Saint Anna's Academic Collegiate Church

The collegiate church is a university temple, built in the end of the 17th century. The idea was initiated by the professors of the Jagiellonian University, who decided to replace the old, Gothic temple from the 15th century with a new church. The new church was designed by Tylman of Gameren. It is one of the most beautiful Baroque building in Poland. The entire building was designed in such a way, as to look best from a side view from the narrow St. Anne's street. At the time when the church was build, there were no Planty (a green area surrounding the central district) and St. Anne's street was closed by the city's defence walls. The interior of the temple is decorated with beautiful sculptural ornaments made by Baltazar Fontana and with paintings made by Karol Denkwart. A painting of St. Anne Samotrzec by Jerzy Eleuter Siemigonowski is located on the main altar. Statues of St. Stanislaw and St Wojciech are located on the sides of the altar. One of the most characteristic features of the interior is the monumental confessio of St. Jan Kanty. The cofinn with the remains of the Saint lies on the shoulders of the figures, symbolising the four university faculties (theology, philosophy, medicine and law). The whole structure is surrounded by four spiral, ornamental columns, based on the confessio of St. Peter in Vatican.

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