The historic city of Polish kings
The city of Krakow, located on the river Wisla, is the second largest city in Poland. It is especially popular for its historic center, Wawel Royal Castle, or the Jewish part. From 1038, Krakow was the capital of Poland and Wawel Castle the royal castle. It was not until 1609 that the capital was moved to Warsaw for its more strategic location. Krakow is a popular place in Poland today. Since 1978, the old town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One of the most visited places in Krakow is the Wawel Royal Castle. The castle rises above the river Wisla and is the dominant feature of the area. It was probably founded in the 11th century. At the time when Krakow was the capital of Poland, Polish rulers lived here.
The castle complex is undoubtedly dominated by the Cathedral of St. Stanislaus and St. Wenceslas. Important Polish monarchs are buried here. The crypt also has the tomb of President Kaczynski and his wife. This cathedral is as important to the Poles as to St. Vitus Cathedral.
John Paul II
Poles are very proud that Pope John Paul II. he was Polish. His sculptures or pictures are almost everywhere.
Krakow market square
We get to the main square. It is one of the largest squares in Europe, yet it is smaller than our Charles Square in Prague. However, its history cannot be denied. The square was built in the 13th century.
Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
The dominant feature of the main square is the Marian Church dating from the 14th century.
In the middle of the square is the so-called Cloth Hall. It is a historic marketplace from the 14th century, now rebuilt in neo-Gothic style. Previously, mainly cloth from Flanders was sold here, now we can get everything from jewelry, through scarves, to holy pictures.
Krakow is full of churches, such as the Church of St. Peter and Paul.
Kazimierz, or Jewish city, is one of Krakow's most frequented districts. Here we can see the synagogues, the Jewish cemetery, or the places where the film Schindler's List was shot.
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