Kraków – St Giles Church


The church of Saint Giles was built in the first half of the 14th century. In the light of archaeological research, there is no confirmation of the fact that it was built at the end of the 11th century by prince Władysław Herman as a thanksgiving after the birth of his son Bolesław Krzywousty. The church was initially under the patronage of the Benedictines, then the Dominicans, who in the seventeenth century, made its partial reconstruction. The walls were raised, and the nave of the church was extended by an additional span and vaulted. With time, the building was surrounded by a series of seventeenth and eighteenth-century annexes, many of which were pulled down in the 19th century.


The church is a brick building with a very simple, aisleless form. Strengthened by the buttresses, the chancel is narrower than the nave, single-span and ended with a three-sided apse. It is covered with a rib vault with a decorative boss. Inside there is a late-gothic crucifix, and on the vault, the Tęczyński coat of arms from the 16th century.

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Krasnowolski B., Leksykon zabytków architektury Małopolski, Warszawa 2013.
Website, Kościół św. Idziego w Krakowie.