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Krakow Cornucopia

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An April 2005 trip to Krakow by hagnel2

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Quote: Cabbages and Kings, Popes and Pierogis, Saints and Scholars... they've all left their imprints on this fascinating place. The heraldic arms of the city are an open gate--let us walk in and take a peek at this horn of treasures.

Krakow Cornucopia

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Overview

 Clock tower Rynek Photo, Krakow, Poland
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We fell in love with this magical city. There is so much to do and see; the glories of Wawel Castle and Cathedral, Collegium Maius, superb museums, churches, restaurants, and delightful walks along the Planty Park. Krakow was the nation's capital for 500 years. Its kings and Saints are buried in its majestic cathedral, and despite Warsaw being its capital, its beloved heroes continue to be placed there. The castle and cathedral stand shoulder to shoulder atop Wawel hill, their buttressed walls almost touching and therein beats the soul of this city. Its medieval market square is immense, filled with life and delightful patios. If the weather is fine, street entert...Read More

Pod Zlota Pipa

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Pod Zlota Pipa Photo, Krakow, Poland
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Florianska St just off the Rynek is Krakow’s busiest street. It houses a myriad of cafes, pubs, upscale shops, and a McDonald’s. It is a touristy pedestrian street, but at one time, it was the center of commerce and home to upscale citizens. Jan Matjeko, Poland’s famous painter, once lived here. His house now a museum, we passed it frequently and never did find time to visit – I am sure that was our loss. At the end of the street is the Florian Gate, part of the old city fortifications. I was surprised that McDonalds was allowed so close to it. Monarchs once entered the city through this gate on the Royal Routs. Perhaps these days a king would want to stop and grab a Big Mac. On the left ...Read More

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Pod Zlota Pipa
Floriańska 30
Krakow, Poland
421 94 66

Collegium Maius

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Attraction | "Collegium Maius University tour"

Collegium Maius Photo, Krakow, Poland
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One of the highlights of our trip to this city was the visit to this historic building. King Casmir founded the Jagiellonian University one of the oldest in Europe around 1364. The oldest preserved building is the Colleguim Maius its beautiful gothic architecture and 15th century quadrangle and cloisters is like stepping back into another world. We booked ahead for the English tour of its main exhibits, scientific and fine arts collection. We wandered through former professors' quarters, beautifully furnished in the historical period; a library; a common room with a baroque spiral staircase; and the Aula, an impressive assembly hall filled with portraits of kings and other benefactors. Its...Read More

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Collegium Maius
Ulica Jagiellonska, 17
Krakow, Poland 31-010

Krakow's Heartbeat

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 View of St Mary's Photo, Krakow, Poland
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St Mary’s You can’t miss this lovely gothic church in Krakow’s square. In 1241, Tatar invaders attacked Poland. As the army entered Krakow, a watchman sounded the alarm, but a Tartar arrow pierced his throat. For hundreds of years since, the trumpeters of Krakow continue to sound the Heynal hourly. This haunting melody ceases abruptly in the middle of a note exactly where their predecessor did so long ago. This particular sound fascinated me, and I found myself checking my watch frequently when we were anywhere near the square. The tallest tower is open to visitors in May. Even if religion isn’t your thing or ornate churches don’t turn you on, I recommend that you at least check ou...Read More

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral

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Attraction | "Wawel Cathedral, Tombs, Saints, and Bells"

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral Photo, Krakow, Poland
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Adjoining the palace is the awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral: here, kings were crowned and buried, and it is the heart of the Polish nation. It is a fabulous treasure house of historic architecture, a functioning church, and a pantheon. The present cathedral was built around 1320, the original around 1020. Highlights of the Interior The interior is filled with spectacular chapels, far too many to visit in one day. One of the showpieces of the church is the shrine and resting place of St Stanislas, who was martyred in 1079. This baroque chapel, with a stunning golden dome, is the first thing you see upon entering the church. A silver casket rests on a pink marble altar suppor...Read More

Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral
Wawel 5
Kraków, Poland 31-001
(+48 12) 422 51 55

A Visit to Wawel Castle

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Archway to courtyard Photo, Krakow, Poland
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Not far from the medieval market square stands the sumptuous Royal Castle, the crown atop Wawel Hill, once the scene of coronations and home to the royals of Poland. Adjacent to this castle is another jewel, Wawel Cathedral, the burial place of kings and queens, poets, statesmen, and saints. I will cover the cathedral in a separate entry. The castle commands an incredible view of the surrounding area and Vistula River. A few miles away, the huge Kosciusko’s Mound is plainly visible. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over Poland brought baskets of earth to make the hill that honors this great patriot of Poland. In fact, the approach to the castle is dominated by an equestrian statue of thi...Read More