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. Plan to visit Wawel Cathedral during your Krakow vacation using our convenient Krakow travel route planner .
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  • The Cathedral of lego or puzzles. All the different constructions looks very nice, even if they are from different eras and constructions, all together make a beautiful Cathedral.
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  • If the outside is beautiful (golden dome, gargoyles in fun shapes, beautiful statues), the Interior is horribly austere, kitsch with its stucco, limited space, we choke... nothing to do with the Church Sainte Marie or the convent of the Franciscans . Not worth the detour.
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  • Architectural structure, Visual wonder, the Pope's Cathedral, deserves special attention during the visit of the Castle.
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  • Really loved it! Got audio guide and full ticket to the Cathedral. It included climbing to the Tower and going down to the tombs... The interiors are amazing! The audioguide was great: worked perfect and told many nice-to-know facts! Absolutely recommend buying ticket and audio guide, totally worth it!
  • Loved the whole area, beautiful architecture, you can enter without paying, although there are some areas that require a ticket but the main cathedral was for free!
  • Loved the architecture from the outside, but once inside it was amazing. The different chapels were lavish in colour and style. The Royal tombs are a must see too. The highlight was the climb up the bell tower to see the bells, the view from the top is amazing. Definitely a must see on your visit to Krakow.
  • The interior and exterior of the cathedral are equally beautiful! The cathedral is well maintained and contains lovely art and relics inside. I highly recommend visiting here
  • Situated next to the castle contains the Sigismund Bell and the crypt where past kings and most valiant soldiers are interred. We paid for an audio guide and access to all these areas. The audio guide is really good and ensures you have time to reach the next point of note by pausing before continuing. Apart from tombs and crypts are exhibitions containing regal regalia and military morsels.
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