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St. Anne’s Church

An essential stop on the Royal Route, this lavish church is reminiscent of an opulent palace and its bell tower offers breathtaking views of the city. 

With its gilded Baroque interior and eye-catching ceiling paintings, St. Anne’s Church is one of the most ornate religious structures in the city and a must-see sight. Though the décor is grand and extravagant, the atmosphere inside is serene. Examine the rich tapestry of decorations and admire the views from its bell tower.

The original church was built here in the 15th century, though the current structure dates from the 1770s. The church was damaged during World War II, but not destroyed and many original features survived. Look for the main altar, pulpit and impressive organ, all of which date back to the 18th century. 

Before going inside, check out the pastel-colored façade. Among the most notable elements of the neoclassical design are columns, relief sculptures and a cross at the top.

Inside, the church is a mesmerizing sight. Survey the glorious assortment of golden surfaces and colorful paintings as well as its sumptuous, glittering chandelier. Explore the interior and try to spot a plaque commemorating Pope John Paul II’s visit and celebration of mass.

St. Anne’s is an active church and worshippers still come here to pray as well as for mass, so remember to be respectful at all times. Attend a concert to hear a rousing performance from the resident church choir, accompanied by the majestic organ.

For a small fee, climb the steps of the church’s free-standing bell tower (Taras Widokowy). The elevated viewing platform affords panoramic views of Warsaw and, when clouds are sparse, glimpses of the smaller towns beyond the city. 

Find St. Anne’s Church near Castle Square in Warsaw’s Old Town. The church is open daily, but visitors are asked not to enter during mass times.


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