Photographer's Note

St. Andrew's Church in Kraków (Poland) is a Romanesque church built between 1079 - 1098 by Palatine Sieciech. It is a rare surviving example of a European fortress church. Along the bottom of the larger part of façade are small openings that served as defensive windows at a time when the church was planned as a place of refuge from military assault. It was the only church in Krakow to withstand the Mongol attack of 1241.

Built in Romanesque style, it is one of the oldest buildings in Krakow and one of the best-preserved Romanesque buildings in Poland. From 1320 it was used by the Order of St. Klara's. The building has been renovated many times. the present Baroque interiors have decorations by Baltazar Fontana, paintings by Karol Dankwart and gilded altars. The Baroque domes atop the octagonal towers were added in 1639.

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