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Exterior view of the Church of St John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist
Exterior view of the Church of St John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist

Krakow: Church of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist

 

About the Church of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist:

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This church dates from around 1150 AD, but has repeatedly been re-built and enlarged over the following centuries.

The main altar features the figures of St John the Evangelist and St John the Baptist (from the 18th century).

The image of Our Lady of Mercy over the main altar in the Church of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist in Krakow
The image of Our Lady of Mercy over the main altar in the Church of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist in Krakow

But the main focal point is a painting for Our Lady of Ransom of Slaves.

According to tradition, in 1218 Peter Nolasco and King James I of Aragon each experienced separate visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  In those visions she asked them to found a religious order dedicated to rescuing the many Christian captives held by the Muslims.

Thus the Order of Mercedarians, as the name suggests, to ransom Christian slaves taken by the Moors was established in that year.

 

Finding the Church of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist in Krakow:

Address: ul. Sw. Jana 7, Krakow 31-017, Poland

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