Saints Peter and Paul Church in Kraków, Poland

In 1597, Sigismund III, the King of Poland from 1587 until 1632, gave money to the Jesuits to build Saints Peter and Paul Church. Three successive architects were employed before Poland’s first Baroque building was finished. The results are stunning. The two-tier, dolomite façade is graced with Corinthian capitals, dentil molding and statues of Jesuit saints in the niches. In the center is the Christogram of the Society of Jesus. In the top pediment is the coat of arms of King Sigismund. Equally impressive are the life-size sculptures of the Twelve Apostles flanking the entrance gate. They are replicas of those created in limestone by Dawid Heel in 1722.

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Grodzka 52A, 31-044 Kraków, Poland

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