The Cathedral of Wrocław is one of the most precious monuments of the city. Its creation is associated with the date of 1000 when the Congress of Gniezno, along with the foundation of bishopric of Wrocław took place (since 1930, the archbishopric). It was erected on Ostrów Tumski and was dedicated to John the Baptist. Its current appearance is a result of the effort made by the bishops of Wrocław. In the second half of the 12th century, on the site of former buildings, a Romanesque cathedral was raised. In the 13th century Bishop Thomas I erected a Gothic presbytery with an ambit.
Two small steeples were located over the corners of the ambit, and the presbytery is capped with ribbed hexagonal vaulting. In the times of the Bishop Nankier and the Bishop Preczlaw of Pogarell (14th century) the body of the church was raised, together with the lower parts of the western steeples, sacristy and St Mary’s Chapel in Brick Gothic. The side chapels and the upper tier of the northwestern steeple, along with the spire, were constructed in the 15th century. The southwestern steeple was built only to the level of two storeys. In the 16th century, Bishop John V Thurzo funded a new portal in the sacristy, which is considered to be one of the first pieces of Renaissance art in Silesia. During the period of the Counter-Reformation, the interior of the cathedral was more Baroque in style. In the second half of the 19th century, works were conducted which restored the main Gothic style. During the siege of Wrocław in 1945, the cathedral was severely damaged. Reconstruction conducted within 50 years after the war caused some controversy due to the the Postmodern spires styled after the Gothic ones.
The cathedral is made of brick, it has three naves arranged in the scheme of a basilica, and a rectangular ambit. The central nave along with the presbytery is 68 m long, 8 m wide and 22.7m high. The spires are 91 m high, which makes them the highest spires in the city. The central nave is capped with reconstructed Baroque cross vaulting. Over the presbytery, one can find a hexagonal vaulting, while the aisles and ambit have cross-rib vaulting. In the presbytery one can see the late Gothic triptych of the Dormition of the Virgin from 1522, made in Lubin. Above it a sculpture of the Madonna is placed; the figures of Saint Hedwig, Saint Christopher and Saint John the Baptist are featured on the sides. The stained-glass windows depict the patron saints of the cathedral; Saint John the Baptist, Saint Vincent and the patron of the Piast dynasty - Saint Bartholomew. The Baroque pulpit is emblazoned with bas-reliefs in alabaster. Impressive tombstones and epitaphs from the 14th to the 17th centuries are also worth seeing.
The cathedral has twenty chapels. The most glorious are the gothic Chapel of Saint Mary, and the two baroque Chapels of Saint Elisabeth and Corpus Christi, known also as the Electoral Chapel. The tombstones of Preczlaw and Bishop Roth (sculpted by Peter Vischer) are also located in the church. In the Baroque chapels one can find pieces of art by the most accomplished artists from Rome (a bust of the Cardinal Friedrich von Hesse) Prague or Vienna (J. B. Fischer von Erlach, F. M. Brokof).
The cathedral has four bells. A pipe organ with 151 voices is located in the choir.
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tedesse (25133) 2012-09-16 9:04
Piekne wnetrze wroclawskiej katedry.
Wspaniale symetryczne foto, ladnekolory i swiatlo, dobra ostrosc.
papagolf21 (89716) 2012-09-16 9:11
Bonsoir, chère Barbara,
Bravo pour cette très belle mise en image. L'intérieur des églises est très difficile à photographier (gestion de la lumière ou l'absence de lumière).
Ici, tout est bien présenté. J'apprécie comme il se doit cette très belle composition.
Nicou (128930) 2012-09-16 10:04
grandisoe captage de cet intérieur d'église sueprbe compo et iamge quelle architecture, avec la belle lumière en fond ces banc quelle splendeur.
Bravo et amitié
besnard (54819) 2012-09-16 10:21
Une bonne prise de cet intérieur d'église bien réalisée. L'image est nette et profonde. J'ai beaucoup de difficulté à réaliser ce genre de cliché, j'en suis d'autant plus admirative.
Bravo et bonne soirée.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-09-16 10:51
Good capture of this splendid cathedral.
A beautiful point of view.
rychem (27504) 2012-09-16 10:57
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pajaran (54556) 2012-09-16 11:38
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o Katedrali, i istorija ...
Dobar ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Lep enterijer Katedrale.
Imajte lep dan za odmor.
Very interesting and good article on the Cathedral, and the history of ...
Good sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Nice interior cathedral.
Have a nice rest day.
All the best.
maria-v1981 (10816) 2012-09-16 12:19
The sharpness you manage to have on your shots is amazing, it's like a painting. Very nice colours as well, the architecture details stands out perfectly. Good composition as well.
Have a nice week,
kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-09-16 12:41
Such a beautiful series of shots from Poland, each beautifully composed and this one does not disappoint. You have managed the interior light with skill and there is great detail evident in the rich interior.
Thanks for sharing
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-16 16:23
a splendid photo of this amazing interior, the symmetrical composition is very spectacular, great details and lights, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
jjcordier (78388) 2012-09-16 23:33
Belle et intéressante photo de ce superbe intérieur de la cathédrale de Wroclaw. Le mélange lumière artificielle-lumière naturelle est du plus bel effet.
Silvio1953 (129368) 2012-09-17 0:53
Ciao Barbara, great perspective fantastic cathedral, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
raszid62 (18585) 2012-09-17 2:08
piêkne, nieco mroczne wnetrze wroc³awskiej katedry,
ale za to z mocno wysyconymi ¶wiat³ami. Cudowna kolorystyka i bardzo dobra ostro¶æ.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-09-17 3:59
The picture quality, very well describes the richly decorated interior of the church. Exposure and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
COSTANTINO (59273) 2012-09-17 9:18
all your last photos from Cathedrals,precious monuments
of the city create a particular atmosphere,
fantastic capture of the interior,
everything is interesting even the paintings
excellent chosen point of view
Hansaphotos (7215) 2012-09-18 3:30
A fine photo of this impressive building. You have managed the difficult light very in this nice symmetrical composition. Fine details too. Very nice work:) TFS. Have a nice week.
Best regards, Erling
bona (13356) 2012-09-18 7:46
another wonderful photo of this church. Loking the info of the photo I saw that you used a 20mm lens. When I use the same focal length my photos got much distortion, but I can't see it in your photos. Do you use any program to correct these distortions or you made a crop to remove that?
Have a nice day
adramad (40196) 2012-09-18 9:33
Grandiose magnificent perspective as you've captured here in the nave of the cathedral, with the wonderful image of the bottom triptych. The church interiors are always difficult to photograph because the lighting is not usually enough, but here you get an image full of beautiful details that with good lighting and sharpness can admire.
Very well done. I love it.
kordinator (19856) 2012-09-21 10:37
Excellent composition and great photo work.
Beautiful interior of the Cathedral.
Great depth of field and fine atmosphere.
aliabazari (16053) 2013-03-19 7:43
Very beautiful and attractive appearance. Very well.
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2013-08-15 22:09
my dear Barb, I´m very impressed by your spectacular picture and magnificent note, also I´m impressed by the great photographer you are and also for your Greek message to me...
now I know what you meant that you are busy!!
thanks from the heart and a bog hug!!
good night for us..
- Copyright: Barbara Stec (Sonata11) (33641)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-13
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Tamron 18-270 F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/25 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-16 8:34