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Corpus Christi Basilica

The Basilica Bożego Ciała (also known as the Corpus Christi Basilica), located in Kraków district of Kazimierz, Poland; is a Gothic Church founded by Kazimierz the Great in 1335. The basilica was erected in stages beginning in 1340 until about the mid-15th century, and was intended as a monastery, which explains the large size plot on which it stands and the presence of a cemetery next to it. In 1404 King Władysław Jagiełło had given it to the Canons Regular of the Lateran congregation brought in from Kłodzko.


The interior of the church is a mixture of Polish Gothic and impressive Polish Baroque architecture; with structural features such as the marvelous Baroque high altar, a boat-shaped pulpit (1750), and its organs.


The church was robbed clean and the interior utterly devastated by soldiers of the 1655 Swedish invasion (the Deluge), which explains the prevalence of Baroque in its current decoration. The church is often said to be one of the most beautiful Baroque stalls in Central Europe. Bartolommeo Berrecci, the famous Renaissance artist who designed the Sigismund's Chapel at Wawel, is buried there []

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Taken on August 10, 2012