Medieval basilica in Kraków brought back to former splendour

A renovation at the Corpus Christi basilica in Kraków, southern Poland is nearing completion. After four years of work, the church can be admired once again in all its glory.

The history of the church dates back to the 14th century, when it was founded by Casimir the Great.

The renovation process was not only a challenge to art restorers, but also a remarkable adventure which led to many unknown features of the building being unearthed. One of the most intriguing features of the temple is the special opening placed near the apex of the vaulted ceiling, which has powerful symbolic value.

“We call it a rift in the skies. It was through here that the image of the Virgin Mary would seem to move during religious ceremonies, admired by the faithful”, says Krystian Kozieł, an art restorer working to restore the temple to its former splendour.

Before the restoration process began, the altar pieces were covered with brown paint work, but their original ivory colour scheme was still lurking beneath, ready to be rediscovered.