Cathedral

Address:
Zamek Wawel, Kraków

This building represents an array of epochs and styles. The Gothic structure is surrounded by twenty-one Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque chapels. Inside its majestic, dark interior are the royal sarcophagi, the silver confession of St Stanislaus, early- Renaissance stalls and the beautiful black crucifix of Queen Jadwiga. Thirty-seven royal coronations took place in this cathedral. Almost all of Poland's kings found their final resting place here – from Ladislaus the Elbow- High to Augustus II  the Strong (1670-1733). Eminent Polishmen such as Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Józef Piłsudski, Władysław Sikorski, Adam Mickiewicz and Juliusz Słowacki were also buried in the cathedral crypts. Among the chapels, the most beautiful is the Zygmuntowska (Sigismund's) Chapel, areal Renaissance masterpiece. It is also worth taking thee. ort to climb Sigismund Tower to see the huge, famous bell known as 'Sigismund', cast in the16thc. From cannons weighing 12.7 tonnes. Twelve people are needed to ring it. Its sound is heard from as far as 12 km away. In 2000, its clapper broke. The new clapper, weighing 350 kg, was cast and hung after a few months.

Date: 2013-06-06 Show ticket
News author: Weronika Dulowska
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
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