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Krakow was not the first and it is not the present Polish capital but it was our capital in the times when Poland was most prosperous. In addition to that, its old town was not damaged in II world war. It had more luck than Warsaw, which was purposefully destroyed to the ground by Germans. Hence, every spot in Krakow is so full of history that one can write books about it.

In this photo you can see Krakow Cathedral which is located on top of the Wawel Hill, surrounded by walls of the Royal Castle. I know this spot since I can only remember. It may be one of the most popular views in Poland. When you get there in person, walking up the hill, entering the castle and finding this huge space here –you will without the doubt appreciate this view. Taken out of the context –it seems like an average old church.

My previous post was showing a tomb, so here you are again: Wawel Cathedral is a place of burial of numerous Polish kings. Let me mention few of them:

Casimir III the Great (King of Poland 1333–1370), we have a saying that “he arrived in Poland wooden and left it walled”. In 1364 he founded first Polish University called later Jagiellonian University, where people like Copernicus or myself have studied.

Wladyslaw Jagiello (King of Poland 1386-1434), initially Grand Duke of Lithuania who has married Polish queen, St Jadwiga (her father was Hungarian and mother Bosnian). Their union has started what was later known as Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. He has won one of the largest medieval battles: Grunwald 1410. Jadwiga gave all her jewellery as a gift to the abovementioned university called later because of that gesture the Jagiellonian University.

John III Sobieski (King of Poland 1674-1696). He has led in 1683 a successful battle against Ottoman Empire near Vienna.

Other things which come to my mind when I see this view:
On one of the towers of the cathedral hangs the most famous bell in Poland Sigismund Bell. You can hear it sound only on very special occasions.

You can also spot in here the chapel covered with gold: Sigismund's Chapel, the most beautiful example of the Tuscan Renaissance north of the Alps. Both refer to another Polish King Sigismund I the Old (King of Poland 1506–1548) also buried in this cathedral.

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