Ban Baroque

I always visit churches as I am traveling in Europe, but I have to say that I am not a fan of Baroque churches.  I find the abundance of colors and statues and gilding all a bit overwrought.  I much prefer the clean lines and sweeping arches of Romanesque and Gothic churches.  Unfortunately those early churches were often destroyed, either by fire or deliberately torn down, and replaced by froufy Baroque churches.  I was looking forward to seeing Gothic churches in Krakow, but was disappointed to find that the interiors of the Dominican church and an old chapel that we found had been filled with Baroque decorations.  We did, however, get to see beautiful stained glass windows — especially in the Church of St. Francis — made by famous Polish artists from the 18th and 19th centuries.

An ancient mural in St. Francis' Church


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