Church on the Rock (Kosciol na Skalce)

Church on the Rock (Kosciol na Skalce)

Church on the Rock (Kosciol na Skalce)
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Located on the River Vistula, this ancient pilgrimage site was the center of the Cult of St. Stanislaw, an 11th-century bishop and martyr.
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Pub Monster Neil
Liverpool, UK26,878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
One of the most beautiful and historic churches in Krakow in my opinion is Church On The Rock ( Kosciol Na Skalce ), its also known as Church Of St Michael The Archangel And Martyr Of The Pauline Monastery.
Located on the banks of the River Vistula, in fact originally this beautiful church was on an island until the river section was filled in during the 19th century, the church was constructed in 1079 but the beautiful Baroque look we see today was created between 1733-1751 ,the church is famous or infamous as on the spot were the church stands the Archbishop Of Krakow Stanislaus Of Szczeponow was slain on the orders of King Boleslaw III The Bold ensuring Stanislaus was created a saint and the king was exiled .
The church is on the famous St Stanislaus Route, a beautiful location that makes for some great photographic opportunities and it's easy to locate along Ul Skaleczna in the Kazimierz district ( Jewish Quarter ).
Well worth seeking out if you're planning a holiday to Krakow.
Written 27 February 2024
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Pernille I
Copenhagen, Denmark6,203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I am not sure where the rock is - when you arrive at the church it is situated at the end of a street; you enter the premises which are quite vast including the Pauline monastery - on the back is the Vistula river, but not a big drop down.

The site has seen several churches - dating back from the Middle Ages and rebuilt in the 14th and then in the 18th century.

As with the St Joseph church in the Podgorze district there is a park around it with modern sculptures as well as a sculpture at a lower level, which reminds you of the Laibela church in Ethiopia - only the statue is of the Saint Stanislaw, and during summer it becomes a well from which pilgrims drink the water.

Interiors are quite sober with golden and cream colors; but the highlight is really the exterior with the semicircle of statues representing the Three Millenia and displaying seven huge statues of important people from Polish history - clergy and others; among these John Paul II of course but also the queen Jadwiga who funded the construction of the St Barbaras church at Rynek Glowny, and the martyr Adalbart namesake of the small church on Rynek Glowny too.

Definitely worth a visit although a bit off the beaten track.
Written 18 April 2023
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DaisyChain12
Hitchin, UK2,008 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
We walked in and looked at the large statues outside which each relate to a saint and there is details of this in a board nearby. There is also a statue in a hollow in the ground which was interesting, and another which was a metal figure of the Pope nearer the entrance to the crypt. The crypt was interesting for a quick visit- a diverse range of famous people.
We caught the end of a service in the church which was lovely. Worth spending some time looking around.
Written 15 April 2019
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Angela
London, UK1,065 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is called a Skalka in Polish! It is a shrine to st Stanislaw saint patrons of Poland! Underneath the church there is also a crypt that serves as the Nathanial pantheon where the most distinguished poles are buried!
Written 4 March 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK8,31,363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
If your walking along the banks of the River Vistula you will see just past the magnificent Wawel Castle a superb looking church that is well worth checking out.
Church On The Rock ( Skalka which means small rock in Polish ) aka Church Of St Michael The Archangel & Martyr Of Pauline Fathers Monastery, Skalka was originally housed on the island in Kazimierz untill it was filled in during the 19th century, the church is on the famous St Stanislaus Route, constructed in 1079 it was the church were the Bishop Of Krakow Stanislaus was executed on the orders of King Boleslaw II The Bold in 1079 this subsequently lead to the canonization of Saint Stanislaus Of Szczepanow and the kings exile.
The church looks fabulous,between 1733 _ 1751 this church received it's wonderful Baroque look that looks so pleasing on the eye. , it's setting on the bend on the River Vistula makes for some great photographic opportunities .
A wonderful looking church,well worth checking out if your in the area.
Written 3 February 2019
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ldgp14
Walsall, UK3,212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
The Church on the Rock is another beautiful church in Krakow situated just down the river from the castle it is well worth a visit.
Written 15 August 2018
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,038 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
This is a gorgeous church, located next to the river bank near the Jewish quarter.
The church features a beautiful façade and a nice looking garden.
The interior of the church is quite opulent and features beautiful paintings and a lovely nave.
Written 20 April 2018
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hulagirlSurrey
Staines, UK797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Paulite Church 'On the Rock' is a beautiful church on the river situated at ul. Skaleczna 15. We came here after visiting the castle and on the way to the Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz). Well worth a visit.
Written 27 March 2018
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
My wife, two children and I visited the Church on the Rock (Skalce) during an Electric Car tour of Krakow. It had the remote feeling of a monastery. The church is located in Kazimierz which has both Jewish and Catholic sections. I recommend getting a really good map of Krakow and planning out your visit to Kazimierz carefully.
Written 5 January 2018
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T0urist7
Warsaw, Poland1,411 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
The church is located on a small hill, surrounded by a stone wall. The church reminds the death of Bishop Stanisław in 1079. You can visit the church if you are Middle Ages history lover. Interesting but not exciting.
Written 28 December 2017
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