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Sacred Sites in Poland

Below is an illustrated index of the sacred sites and religious places in Poland profiled so far on Sacred Destinations, listed in alphabetical order by name. Please note this list is far from comprehensive - many more great sites remain to be added. You can also view these sites on an interactive map of Poland.

  • Shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa
    Czestochowa, Poland
    The Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa is the third-largest Catholic shrine in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the monastery is the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism.
  • Bishop's Palace and Archdiocesan Museum
    Krakow, Poland
    This is a must-see for fans of the late Pope John Paul II, who lived here as the Archbishop of Krakow until his elevation to pope in 1978. Inside is the Archdiocesan Museum, which also centers around the Pope's legacy.
  • Corpus Christi Church
    Krakow, Poland
    This large Gothic brick church dates from the mid-14th-century and is adjacent to a monastery built 1405. The rich interior includes a painting by Lucas Cranach, fine choir stalls and a boat-shaped pulpit.
  • Galicia Jewish Museum
    Krakow, Poland
    This often-overlooked museum features beautiful photographs of Jewish sites throughout southern Poland with explanations of their significance.
  • Isaak Synagogue
    Krakow, Poland
    Dating from 1664, the Synagoga Izaaka is considered by many to be the most beautiful synagogue in Krakow. It now houses historic photographs and documentary films, including haunting newsreels taken by the Nazis.
  • Krakus and Wanda Mounds
    Krakow, Poland
    These two prehistoric man-made mounds add a bit of mystery to Krakow's skyline. Their purpose remains unknown, but both are perfectly astronomically aligned with the sunrises of important Celtic days.
  • Old Synagogue
    Krakow, Poland
    The oldest surviving Jewish site in Poland, the Old Synagogue was rebuilt after a fire in 1557. Badly looted during World War II, it has been restored and now houses a Museum of Jewish History.
  • Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery
    Krakow, Poland
    The historic Remuh Synagogue is the only synagogue in Krakow to remain in active use. It dates from the 16th century and includes an original ark and a fine cemetery.
  • St. Andrew's Church
    Krakow, Poland
    Located next door to the Baroque church of Peter and Paul, St. Andrew's Church dates from the 11th century and is the finest example of Romanesque architecture in Krakow. The interior has been given a Baroque makeover.
  • St. Mary's Church
    Krakow, Poland
    The Kosciol Mariacki is a large 14th-century church notable for its imposing but uneven towers, vibrantly colored interior, and its magnificent wooden altarpiece depicting medieval scenes.
  • Church of Peter and Paul
    Krakow, Poland
    Established by the Jesuits in the 17th century, this church features a splendid Baroque facade (patterned closely after the mother church in Rome) and larger-than-life statues of the 12 apostles.
  • St. Stanislaw's Church
    Krakow, Poland
    Also known as the Church on the Rock, this 14th-century Gothic church stands on the site where Bishop Stanislaw of Poland was beheaded and dismembered on order of the king in 1079. It is now a Paulite church and monastery.
  • Tempel Synagogue
    Krakow, Poland
    Built in 1862 for Krakow's progressive (or reformed) Jews, this fine synagogue still hosts services a few times a year, along with classical concerts. Behind the splendid Neo-Renaissance exterior is a Moorish-style interior.
  • Wawel Cathedral
    Krakow, Poland
    The 14th-century Katedra Wawelska, located inside Wawel Castle, is the spiritual center of the Polish state. It is the burial place of Polish kings and national heroes and was the cathedral of Karol Wojtyla until he became Pope.