Wednesday, March 5, 2014

St Joseph's Church , Podgorze, Krakow, Poland.

St Joseph's Church , Podgorze, Krakow, Poland.

St. Joseph's Church is a historic Roman Catholic church in Podgórze district of Kraków, Poland, at Podgórski Square on the northern slopes of Krzemionki foothills in the south-central part of the city.
The church was built between 1905 - 1909 according to the design of Jan Sas Zubrzycki, in the Gothic Revival style. It is the largest church in the Foothills.
The interior of the church has been shaped in the likeness of a Gothic cathedral in the so-called Gothic Vistula style. It is filled with numerous altars, benches and other items made mostly of wood. Work on the fittings lasted for years. In the postwar period, the locations of some of the altars and pulpits were changed, as well as a bricked arcade between ambulatory and the former chapel of the Sacred Heart (now Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Eternal Adoration). The first created altars were the main one (in the sanctuary) and the Annunciation (formerly in the right arm of the transept). Work on them was from 1908 - 1909. The main altar was originally consisted of the tabernacle and statues of St. Joseph. At the same time the main altar in the west (right) arm of the transept stood the altar of the Annunciation. There are 5 other main altars.
In 1999, the local parish priest, Franciszka Kołacza, decided the church needed restoration. The main altar, side altars, pulpit and organ were renovated. It was also restored to its original color, which was lost during renovations at the time of pastor Franciszka Mirka, when the color changed to red-blue which severely affected the appearance of the church. Today the church has a white-gray color which has restored it to its former character.



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