The Cathedral

St Catherine’s Chapel

This chapel, similarly to St Margaret’s Chapel adjoining it from the north, belongs to the earliest parts of the cathedral as it was founded by Canon Mikołaj Crasicius before 1325. The chapel was thoroughly rebuilt in the years 1545-1547, in order to serve as a mausoleum for the Bishop of Cracow and Archbishop of Gniezno, Piotr Gamrat, and later was rebuilt by Jerzy Grochowski (1649), so it is difficult to retrace its original, Gothic form

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