Hours and Tickets

admission:

01 Mar. - 31 Oct.

regular 10 PLN, reduced 5 PLN

Tuesday-Sunday

01 Mar. - 31 Oct.

September; October:

9:30 am-5:00 pm, last entry at 4:40 pm

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The Church of Saint Gereon

Amongst various forms of museum exhibitions, an archaeological and archaeolocal and architectonic reserve holds a special place. The concept of showcasing architectural relicts in a consciously organized space on the Wawel Hill has a long tradition. Thanks to the initiative of prof. Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz, two such exhibitions were arranged and made open to the public during the interwar period. Recently, an archaeological and architectonic reserve located on the west-wing ground floor of the royal palace was opened to visitors once again. It was organised in the early 1920’s based on the research and project of Szyszko-Bohusz.
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The Church of Saint Gereon

The three ground-floor rooms of the west wing have been connected to enable the presentation of the preserved relics of the western part of the Romanesque temple and the Gothic chapel. The researcher’s hypothesis is that many parts of the original walls were supplemented and built up to define the form of the Romanesque church.
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The Church of Saint Gereon

Anastylosis of the pillars was performed in the transept’s north arm. In the interwar period, conservation work and archaeological verification research were carried out. The current arrangement takes into account the newest research reports. The subject of the exhibition are two chronologically consecutive sacral buildings: a Romanesque church and a Gothic chapel.
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The Church of Saint Gereon

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The Church of Saint Gereon

Based on the performed studies, it was established that the church has a basilica form. The eastern part of the church within the sanctuary is preserved – the transept together with the crypt. Thanks to its rich architectural detail, it is a unique space of Romanesque interior. It is generally accepted that the church was built mid-11th century and was dedicated to St. Gereon. The basilica was reduced in the middle of the 13th century. The church’s body closed to the west with a two-tower façade was demolished. The dedication of the temple, architectural analysis and historical research all point towards Casimir the Restorer as the founder. It is likely that for several centuries the church served as a magnificent palace chapel, situated within the princely curia.
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The Church of Saint Gereon

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The Church of Saint Gereon

The second temple, built on the site of the Romanesque basilica, is a small Gothic single-aisle chapel built at the initiative of Casimir the Great. The relics of this church, which was dedicated to St. Maria of Egypt, have survived in the form of a profiled arcade of a triumphal arch and stairs, which led to the presbytery from the palace courtyard.
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The Church of Saint Gereon

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