Basilica of St. Francis. Windows of Awe, Krakow

Basilica of St. Francis. Windows of Awe, Krakow (must see)

The city of Krakow is adorned with some of the most beautiful stained-glass windows in the world. The Basilica of Virgin Mary houses one of the most delicate examples of stained glass windows which attract connoisseurs of the art from far and wide. However, the greatest art piece stands at the entrance of the Basilica of St. Francis on Franciszkanska Street. Titled ‘Become!’ this stained glass window is better known as ‘Our Father’.

The window is a masterpiece not only of this art but also of the artist, Stanislaw Wyspianski. It depicts Creation in a way no other art work in the world has been able to do till date. The fact that it adorns a basilica and is illuminated by natural light everyday belittles every living soul and forces us to pause every other thought and admire His Creation, the world we live in. This art piece beats the artist’s previous works not only which are located elsewhere but also the ones located in the same building. The five years he put in designing six stained glass windows for the chancel and a fresco are over shadowed by the glass windows located at the entrance exactly opposite Archbishop’s Palace.

Wyspianski’s only other competitive work was not used for over a century until the completion of the Wyspianski building which was made to commemorate his work and is located at Szczepanska Street.

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Basilica of St. Francis. Windows of Awe on Map

Sight Name: Basilica of St. Francis. Windows of Awe
Sight Location: Krakow, Poland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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