St. Mary's Basilica

Local nameKościół pw. Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Marii Panny
LocationDzielnica I Stare Miasto, Kraków, Polska

Saint Mary’s Basilica is a Brick Gothic church adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland. Built in the 14th century, its foundations date back to the early 13th century and serve as one of the best examples of Polish Gothic architecture. Standing 80 m tall, it is particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss. Some of its monumental polychrome murals were designed by Poland's leading history painter, Jan Matejko. In 1978 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside the Historic Centre of Kraków.

On every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, a trumpet signal—called the Hejnał mariacki—is played from the top of the taller of Saint Mary's two towers. The plaintive tune breaks off in mid-stream, to commemorate a famous 13th century trumpeter who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before a Mongol attack on the city.

Tags ChurchChristianPlace of WorshipRoman CatholicGothic ArchitectureHeritage
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Opening hours

Tours of the Bugle Tower:
Apr-Oct (except religious holidays):
Mo: Closed
Tu-Sa: 9:10 am - 5:30 pm
Su: 1:10 pm - 5:30 pm
(every 30 minutes)

Nov, Dec, March (except religious holidays):
Th-Sa: 9:10 am - 5:30 pm
(every 30 minutes)

Jan, Feb: Closed

Tours of the Bell Tower
Apr-Oct (except religious holidays):
Mo: Closed
Th-Fr: 10 am - 2 pm

Visits of the Bell Tower by prior arrangement at the tourist service office, by phone or e-mail.


Adults: 10 PLN
Seniors 65+: 8 PLN
Children, Students: 5 PLN

Regular: 15 PLN
Children: 10 PLN

The Bell Tower:
General: 15 PLN

More information and contact


Official site

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Phone +48 12-422-05-21

Address Plac Mariacki 5 31-042 Kraków, Poland

Coordinates 50°3'41.975" N 19°56'21.938" E

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