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Wawel Cathedral, Krakow

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Once the site of royal coronations, Wawel Cathedral represents one of Poland's most significant religious and architectural sites. Two previous buildings burned down here before the church was erected more than nine centuries ago. The present-day cathedral, a Gothic structure, features several chapels built in different architectural styles. As you enter, notice the chain hanging to the left of the main iron door. Made of prehistoric animal bones, this chain is known for having magical powers that ensure the continued presence of the cathedral. To learn more about the large collection of sarcophaguses and altarpieces, take a guided tour. To visit Wawel Cathedral and other attractions in Krakow, use our Krakow trip itinerary planner.
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  • Really nice and interesting, take the audio-headphones and you will embark on a beautiful journey through the history of Krakow and Poland.
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  • Had a stroll around the castle grounds on a sunny winters afternoon. The grounds were beautiful and very well kept and the buildings themselves were fantastic to look at. You can buy tickets to go ins...  more »
  • The Cathedral is more simple and bare compared to the others you can visit in Krakow. In the crypt are many gravestones gruesome and grim. The climb to the Bell of Sigismund is tiring but worth it.
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  • The Baroque treatment of the altar area was very Impressive, and the artworks masterful. A lad at the entry offered a headset to borrow and said only a freewill contribution was requested, no charge, which was refreshing in this day when many churches charge for taking a look around. The recorded tour was easy to fear and follow. I was especially glad to see a display honoring St. John Paul II, who was ordained to the priesthood in this cathedral.
  • This Cathedral has a paid and free section. I did only the free bit of it and there is a section dedicated to Pope John Paul II which was completely rammed full of people paying their respects, praying and writing into a guest book - he is not buried here, but he is loved. Go for this.
  • An incredible unique and beautiful castle in the center of Krakow. There are lots of different areas to explore and interesting museums inside as well. Great way to spend a day with family.
  • Beautiful cathedral that's worth going into. it's quite majestic to go inside and see the grandeur and all the small chapels for different saints... A gem of history...
  • The buildings and grounds were beautifully preserved. The exhibitions professionally presented. The polish people were very friendly. I would recommend Kraków along side any European capital.