After you have eaten all the irresistible pierogis in Szczecin, walk downhill to witness one of the main attractions of the city, the Archcathedral Basilica of St. James the Apostle—an outstanding historical and religious Polish landmark.
Explore the cultural city
Szczecin is one of the largest northern cities of Poland ready to be discovered by travelers. Located by the Oder River, Szczecin offers plenty to see and do. Take a stroll through the picturesque Gothic Old Town and a cathedral from the 12th century to immerse yourself in the history and culture that make this city so charming.
During World War II, most of Szczecin's historic city center was destroyed. However, the Archcathedral Basilica of St. James the Apostle was one of the few buildings remaining with only its spire and some other parts damaged. Although it is still constantly being rebuilt and renovated, visitors can explore the beautiful Romanesque-style building originally built in the 12th century and founded by Beringer from Bamberg.
When the city was under German rule, the church was a Pomeranian Evangelical congregation. After the war when the city was passed on to Poland, the extensively damaged church was rebuilt as a Roman Catholic cathedral.
Witness eternal reconstruction
Originally built in the 12th century, the church has undergone multiple remodeling projects over the centuries, involving different designs and layouts throughout the years, and finally settling on the Baroque style in the 17th century.
After a 118-meter spire added in the 19th century was destroyed in World War II along with other parts of the building, the city fathers even contemplated tearing down the church. However, rebuilding of the church started in the 1970s but it wasn't until 2010 that a new spire was added to the cathedral. This new spire brought the building to a height of about 110 meters, making it the second tallest building in Szczecin.
Visit the cathedral
The church features red brick walls and a copper roof with a cavernous, echoing interior. Inside, discover a small crypt from the 14th century, the beautiful altar, and a baptistery. The stained-glass windows are among the highlights, as well as the majestic organ assembled by master Van der Linden.
Explore the small museum to learn more about the cathedral's history and take an elevator up the reconstructed church tower to step onto its viewing platform. The views of the city are spectacular.