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St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) Tours

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St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki)
The lop-sided towers of the majestic Saint Mary’s Basilica dominate the northeast corner of Krakow’s lively central square, the Rynek Główny. A church has graced this spot since medieval times, but this incarnation was built of red-brick in Gothic style and consecrated in 1320 after the original was destroyed by invading Tartars in the 13th century. The northern tower was raised to 263 feet (80 meters) and became the city’s watchtower.

The interior is handsomely decorated with a star-spangled blue ceiling, heavy Gothic ornamentation and stained-glass windows that shaft sunlight into patterns in the floor. The showpiece is the magnificent carved altar, constructed with wood by the German craftsman Veit Stoss in 1489; it took him 12 long years to finish his creation, which measures 47 feet (13 meters) across and is carved with 200 biblical figures. The altar is opened daily at 11:50 a.m. to reveal gilded scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary. 

St Mary’s Basilica is most famous for the much-loved bugle call that rings out across the city on the hour, every hour, played by a trumpeter standing at the top of the structure’s taller, northern tower.

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St Mary’s Basilica is located at Plac Mariacki 5, and it is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission costs 10PLN, and concessions cost 5PLN.
Address: Plac Mariacki 5, Krakow 31-042, Poland
Admission: 10PLN
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St Mary's Basilica Entrance Ticket

St Mary's Basilica Entrance Ticket

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Skip the line with prepaid admission to St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow. This church in the Main Market Square houses the Veit Stoss Altar, a late Gothic masterpiece. Admire the church’s vaulted ceilings and see for yourself why the Basilica has become a true symbol of Krakow. Stop by 8 Szczepański Square for your printed admission voucher
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  • 1 day
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Krakow Private Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

Krakow Private Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

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Krakow Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Krakow Old Town Guided Walking Tour

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Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is the city’s most atmospheric district and the best way to explore is on foot. This 3-hour walking tour checks off all the highlights, including the Royal Route and the Wawel Castle complex; the medieval St. Mary’s Basilica and 17th-century St Peter and Paul’s Church; and the historic Cloth Hall.
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Krakow Private City Tour

Krakow Private City Tour

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Get a close-up view of Krakow on this walking tour around the Old Town area. As this is a private tour, you can go at your own pace, customize the itinerary, and see and do exactly what you want. Krakow’s streets and buildings are full of history, and you’ll learn all about it from your English-speaking guide. This is an ideal tour for first-time visitors to Krakow, and travelers who want an active way of seeing the city.
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Krakow City Sightseeing by Electric Car

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Krakow Private Walking Tour with Schindler's Factory

Krakow Private Walking Tour with Schindler's Factory

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Get a fantastic introduction to the rich history and resilient spirit of Krakow with this private city walking tour. See where Polish kings ruled and are buried at the Royal Wawel Castle, stroll through the atmospheric streets of the Kazimierz district, tour the remnants of the old Jewish ghetto established by the Nazis, and much more. Delve deeper into the city's wartime history with an included visit to Oskar Schindler’s Factory, and enjoy hotel transfers and personalized attention from your private guide, who will answer all your questions about this captivating Polish city.
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Krakow Private Tour - 6 hours tour of Old Town and Jewish District

Krakow Private Tour - 6 hours tour of Old Town and Jewish District

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Private  walking Krakow Tour , 6 hours tour of Old Town and Jewish District with Schindlers Factory. Tour with private, licensed english speaking local tour guide. Your tour guide will meet you in your hotel. This tour includes 2 parts , one part is the Krakow Old Town and the other is Krakow Jewish District including tour in Oscar Schindler's Factory. There will be a break for lunch or coffee during this day.
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  • 6 hours
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Krakow Grand City Tour by golf cart

Krakow Grand City Tour by golf cart

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Unforgettable Krakow City Tour by electric car. Visit all 'must see' places: Old Town, Wawel Castle, Jewish Quarter Kazimierz, Former Ghetto and Oskar Schindler's Factory. During the 2-hour tour audio guide in your language will tell you about the monuments and places you pass by. English speaking driver will ensure safety and provide additional informations. Comfort and time are the biggest advantages of the service. Cars are well prepared for any kind of weather (transparent raincovers and heating for winter time). Available 28 language versions: Polish, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Hebrew, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Greek, Romanian, Turkish, Croatian, Serbian, Czech, Slovak, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Arabic
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Royal Classic Walking Tour in Krakow

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  • 4 hours
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Skip the Line: Krakow Museum Ticket & Attraction Official Pass

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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Krakow Private Tour

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  • 3 hours
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Krakow Old Town Walking Tour

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Krakow City Sightseeing Private Tour

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Food Tour: Krakow Eats

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  • 2 hours
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History City Tour of Krakow by Minibus

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  • 4 hours
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Krakow Sightseeing walking with pick-up from hotel

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Krakow Museums and Transport Official Pass

Krakow Museums and Transport Official Pass

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[Combo] Wieliczka and Krakow City Pass with transport

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  • 2 to 3 days
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Krakow Private Traditional Polish Food Tour

Krakow Private Traditional Polish Food Tour

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  • 2 to 5 hours
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Krakow Old Town private walking tour

Krakow Old Town private walking tour

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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$147.52
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Krakow Old Town Walking Tour

Krakow Old Town Walking Tour

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  • 4 hours
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Krakow Private Vodka Tasting Tour

Krakow Private Vodka Tasting Tour

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Krakow sightseeing by eco friendly vehicle (Melex)

Krakow sightseeing by eco friendly vehicle (Melex)

Tick through Krakow’s top sights in an eco-friendly electric car. Hop aboard with a driver, and admire the landmarks as you glide around Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town and other districts. An English speaking driver will assist you during the whole tour. You can pick the audioguide in one of the 26 languages. Explore the main square, Rynek Główny, see the Cloth Hall and Barbican, view the haunting sites associated with the Holocaust of World War II, and delve into areas closed to normal traffic.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 50 St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) costs USD 5.68. Guided St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) tours start around USD 5.68 per person. See all 50 St. Mary's Basilica (Kościól Mariacki) tickets and tours on Viator.
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