Where to listen to classical music in Warsaw’s historic churches

August 17, 2018
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If you’re a classical music lover or just want to experience that shiver when the first chord resonates throughout a historic church, put Warsaw on your concerto bucket list. The experience goes beyond listening to music. Here is where you can experience classical concerts in some of Warsaw’s most beautiful churches.

Make sure your visit to Warsaw includes a live concert in a historical setting | Photo by Warsaw Urban Adventures

St. John’s Archcathedral

The most important church in Warsaw, and one of the Poland’s national pantheons, served as a coronation and burial site for numerous Dukes of Masovia. Today, St. John’s Archcathedral houses the graves of many honoured Poles, including King Stanislaw August Poniatowski, composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski, former President Gabriel Narutowicz and writer Henryk Sienkiewicz. The Gothic-style church was rebuild after World War II to emulate its 4th-century appearance, and provides an atmospheric concert hall for listening to classical music.

Daily concerts take place at 2pm from April 27 to September 29, except for Sundays and holidays. Entrance costs 15 PLN for adults, 10 PLN for children. Kanonia 6, Warsaw. 

St. Anne’s Church

Before you enter St. Anne’s Church, take a look at the mix of architectural styles. Its Neoclassical facade typical of the 18th century, east-facing Gothic presbytery and Baroque interior creates an overwhelming impression on visitors. The church went through many reconstructions, but it’s present-day appearance has not changed since 1788, making it one of Warsaw’s oldest original buildings. Daily concerts are played on remastered Baroque organs from the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Daily concerts take place at noon from April 14 to October 13, except for Sundays and holidays. Entrance costs 15 PLN for adults. Krakowskie Przedmieście 68, Warsaw.

Experience the resounding sound of an organ concerto | Photo by Warsaw Urban Adventures

Evangelical Reformed Church

With its beautiful slender tower, the Evangelical Reformed Church is another temple that invites music lovers into its historic interior. Construction work on the church began in 1866. However, due to the use of fashionable and costly cast iron, the work took another 14 years to complete.

Concerts take place every fourth Sunday of each month at 7pm. Entrance is free. Al. Solidarnosci 74, Warsaw

Church of St. Francis

The Church of St. Francis is situated in Warsaw’s New Town. Their summer organ concertos are dedicated especially to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and are performed on an instrument built by organ master, Wenceslas Biernacki, in 1925.

Concerts take place every Wednesday in July and August at 8pm. Entrance costs 15 PLN for adults and 10 PLN for children. Zakroczymska 1, Warsaw