Kraków – lantern of dead

History

The gothic lantern of the dead in Kraków dates back to the 14th century. Until the nineteenth century, stood at the church of St. Valentine on Kleparz. It informed with her light about approaching the cemetery and the place where lepers are staying.

Architecture

It is a 3,5 meter-high column covered with a pointed peak and decorated with a Jesus figure. A torch was the source of light in it, pulled up to the top of the lighthouse through the inner channel. The openings in the upper part, through which light was formerly emitted, were walled up during the move to the present place at the church of St. Nicholas. Originally, the construction of the lantern was solved, that the light could be visible from all sides.

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