Photographer's Note

Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew is a Gothic church on Cathedral Island located in the immediate vicinity of the former castle of Silesian Piasts .
Church of the Holy Cross was the first two-storey church built in Silesia and one of only a handful in Europe. It was founded by Duke Henry the Righteous to serve as a sanctuary where masses would be said for the souls of the deceased members of the dynasty.
Construction work on the chancel began in 1288. It was completed and consecrated in 1295. The large crypt constructed below the choir was an architectural novelty, splitting the church into two levels, each with its own row of windows: long windows on the upper level and small ones below. In the photo you can see two entrances.

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