Reliquaries of St Stanislaus

Reliquary for the arm

Reliquary for the arm of the saint, donated to the Cathedral by Tomasz Zamojski in 1631.

        The reliquary is unique in that it has the form of a cut-off forearm of the saint with bleeding sword wounds. The work was commissioned by the Great Chancellor of the Crown, Tomasz Zamojski (died 1638), probably in connection with the work at the new Chapel of St Stanislaus built at the initiative of the Bishop of Cracow, Marcin Szyszkowski. When the work was completed and the old, Gothic coffin of St Stanislaus which was donated by Elizabeth of Hungary in the 2nd half of the 14th century was installed, the reliquary with the hand of the martyr donated by Zamojski was put in it.

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