The Cathedral

The façade of the transept

The transept (transverse nave) of the cathedral is not very wide. However, this part of the church plays a very important symbolic role, as the tomb of the patron of the church, Cracow and Poland, Bishop Stanislaus of Szczepanów, is situated at the crossing of the naves. Noteworthy is the unusual concept of the southern part of the transept, clearly at an angle in its western part, and with the trace of a window which was lower than the present one. On the basis of these remnants, it can be assumed that it was connected with the still existing at that time Romanesque body of the nave through a low transept which was raised higher when the Gothic structure began to be built.

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