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This picture presents four of the 12 Apostles’ figures standing at the entrance to the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Krakow. It is a former Jesuit Church hence in the very centre one of the symbols frequently used by Jesuits: IHS. It is the second tallest church in the old town of Krakow, well seen from a distance.
Inside the church there is a tomb of an important Polish figure: Piotr Skarga. He is known for his progressive teachings as well as strong criticism of the political establishment. A painting by Jan Matejko, entitled Sermon of Skarga , well illustrates his character. By the way the word skarga translates from Polish as a “complaint”.
The statues of the Apostles are sometimes used to illustrate what acid rains may do to an ancient structure. The original statues were pretty much destroyed by the acid rains and one can see them on display elsewhere (I cannot remember where) while the new set of statues stands now in front of the facade.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5805 W: 104 N: 15062] (59460)
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