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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  • Very nice and different from what is used in cathedrals. Broader and more sumptuous still than it seems from outside. To highlight the different chapels with different styles. Better to go during the week that there are fewer people, it is free.
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  • The cathedral is one of the most interesting buildings of the Wawel Castle. In its architecture several styles are used: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque. It is the burial vault of several Polish kings. St. Stanislav is buried there. In one of the Pridelov was buried Yuzef Pilsudski, and 18 years ago next to him appeared another tombstone, here buried the President of Poland Lech Kaczynski and his wife, who died in a plane crash near Smolensk. We were on holiday-the day of the Constitution-and people went to these graves with constant flow. The cathedral itself is very large, there are many chapels and it can be viewed for a long time.
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  • A beautiful Cathedral with a vast amount of history and free admission. It is set within the castle grounds. A beautiful setting and worth a vist.  more »
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  • It is the Polish "Westminster Abbey", full of history and splendor. Climb up to the tower and go down to the royal crypt. Audio guides very useful if you don't have your own guide.
  • Stunningly beautiful old cathedral, rich both in decoration of interior and exterior, as much as in historical importance! Anyone visiting Krakow should visit this monument of huge importance and beauty!
  • Amazing architecture. Didn't go in but would go in if I went back. Amazing views and it had toilets.
  • The Cathedral itself was beautiful and well worth the 4 day wait through Easter. However, as I was tight on time (catching a flight on the morning of my visit) I didn't want to spend time in the paid parts (which I'm sure would be well worth it if I had the time). The guard at the entrance was very reluctant to let me in to view the free areas, sending me to the ticketing office, who then sent me back. Had to repeatedly tell him I only wanted to see the cathedral. Thus minus 1 star.
  • A wonderful historic cathedral to visit. So happy that we took the time to visit! It was interesting to see how the design of the day influenced the construction of the buildings over the centuries as the cathedral grew. The architecture alone was worthy of the visit.
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