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Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

The former, wooden church was built before the city's location (before the Main Market Square area was set), which explains its non-symmetrical position in comparison with the rest of the buildings and the square itself. The next church, in the romanesque style, was build between the years 1221 and 1222. During that period, the parish has been moved from the old, wooden church to the new one. At the end of the 13th century the construction of the gothic temple began. The church that visitors can see today is dated back to the 14th century. In the 15th century the side chapel was built. The church has two towers. One of them, called "Hejnalica", is 82 meters high. From that tower, the famous bulge-call is played from a window located 54 meters above the ground. The lower tower is 69 meters tall and serves as the church bell-tower. The tower holds five church bells.

The most famous part of the church is the altar made by Wit Stwosz in a period from 1477 till 1489 and funded by the noblemen of Krakow. The life of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary is depicted on the altar as 200 scenes, all carved in wood, polychromed and gold-covered. In 19th century the church cemetery was demolished. In this way, the Mariacki plaza was created. In the 90's of the 20th century, Tadeusz Stryjenski, an architect, commanded a complex renovation of the church.

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