DATE 5 April - 22 September 2024
Welcome to the exhibition "The Secrets of St. Clement's Church in Wieliczka," showcasing spectacular works of Gothic and Baroque goldsmithing, as well as paintings, sculptures, reliquaries, and liturgical garments dating from the 16th to the 19th century.
This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to explore the rich history and heritage of the Wieliczka parish, which was among the wealthiest in Poland during the Old Polish period, closely associated with the royal salt enterprise of the Kraków Saltworks and the Jagiellonian University.

On display are a total of 140 objects, many of which are rarely accessible to the public. Among them is the most significant and renowned treasure - the monstrance from 1490, along with other remarkable Gothic artifacts such as the "Tragarski" reliquary cross from around 1500 and a Gothic-Renaissance chalice from the 16th century.

The exhibition also features a wealth of sacred paintings, including a Crucifixion triptych from Małopolska, a 17th-century altarpiece of St. Mary Magdalene, and the crowning of the All Saints altar from 1709. Each exhibit has its own unique story, like the beautiful Madonna Ave Maria bas-relief sculpted in Florence in 1876 by the renowned poet and sculptor Teofil Lenartowicz.

The strong ties of the Wieliczka parish with the Jagiellonian University and the royal Kraków Saltworks are evident not only in the church's furnishings but also in numerous foundations and altars endowed by various social groups associated with the salt mine.

As the 200th anniversary of the consecration of St. Clement's Church in Wieliczka approaches, it provides a special opportunity to discover and unravel its rich treasury, equipment, and secrets. The church's history dates back to the 13th century, and the present structure, built in the 19th century, houses many valuable artifacts that have survived from previous constructions.

The exhibition "The Secrets of St. Clement's Church in Wieliczka" is organized by the Wieliczka Salt Mine Museum in collaboration with the Parish of St. Clement in Wieliczka. Join us in uncovering the fascinating history of this extraordinary place.
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