Sarcophagus of Jagiełło

Pobierz wtyczkę Flash

Get Adobe Flash player

The sarcophagus

The sarcophagus of Jagiełło is a continuation of Piast sarcophaguses (Władysław the Short and Kazimierz the Great) and is very clearly similar to their composition. A cuboid sarcophagus placed on a low base is covered with a plate on which rests the sculpted effigy of the king. The ruler lies turned towards the altar with a cushion under his head, while his feet rest upon a curled dragon (which symbolises the forces of evil conquered by the good Christian). The king has a crown on his head and holds a royal insignia in his hands: the sceptre in his right hand and the orb in his left hand. His attire is typical of late-14th-century court fashion. It consists of a half-length jopula with a belt on the hips and a coat with buttons; its upright collar turned out a little is typical of the French fashion. The king’s face is particularly noteworthy, being probably the first realistic portrait in Polish art, anticipating the phenomenon of the development of portrait art in the 15th and 16th centuries.

We are all well aware that to enter this Cathedral can not be without emotion. More I say, you can not enter it without the internal tremor, without fear because it contains in it - as in almost no Cathedral of the world - the enormous size, which speaks to us in all our history, our entire past.

cardinal Karol Wojtyla
8 March 1964