Church of St. Mary, Kraków, Poland
(also called St. Mary’s Basilica or Kosciol Mariacki)
This church has been standing since the 14th century, when it was reconstructed after invading Mongol armies left Kraków in ruins in 1259. Since then, it has been expanded and renovated many times (the last time in 2003).
The interior of the church is blue and gold elegance, with Gothic arches that seem to lift you to heaven. And yes, the other name for this beauty is the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. So in this month of August, a time of veneration of this event in Our Lady’s life, we pay homage to this special place. For not only is St. Mary’s Church a place of worship, it is a true work of art.
Inside, the focal point is the magnificent wooden altarpiece, carved by Nuremberg artist Veit Stoss. He finished it in 1489, after 12 years of work. The hinged triptych altarpiece depicts the story of the life of Mary, while the largest, central section shows the twelve apostles witnessing her death and subsequent assumption to heaven.
There is a lot of information on the internet about this glorious church. But one in particular stands out: http://www.krakowcard.com/attractions/st-marys-church.