Church of the Holy Cross – Church of Our Lady of the Snow

Church of the Holy Cross

South of the Słowacki Theater, there is a gothic Holy Cross Church with a characteristic gable roof and a square tower topped with a pointed dome. The construction of the temple began around. 1300 r. and continued slowly for two centuries. The interior is the most interesting, whose late gothic palm vault is supported by only one central pillar. Very valuable and old (z XV i XVI w.) wall paintings in the presbytery and nave were reconstructed by Stanisław Wyspiański. Among the baroque furnishings, it is worth paying attention to the bronze baptismal font from the 15th century. and a complex of altars. St.. Cross in its early history was associated with the order of the clergy.

Church of Our Lady of the Snow

South of pl. st. Shower, in the bend of ul. Mikołajska, there is the Church of Our Lady of the Snow with the adjacent Dominican Monastery Na Gródku. The colorful history of this place dates back to the beginning of the 14th century., when mayor Albert's house stood here, King Łokietek's disloyal subject. The mayor along with some of the townspeople – mostly of Czech and German origin – he tried to deprive the Polish king of power in favor of the Czech king John of Luxembourg. The coup failed, the rebels were killed, a wise king, wanting to protect themselves in the future against attacks by foreigners, organized an exam in Polish, during which everyone suspected of being involved in the conspiracy had to make the following point: bike, lentil, grinds the mill. There, who couldn't, they had to die. W XVII w. a church for Dominican nuns was built in this place, worth visiting, if only because of the old history of "Gródek”.