Wawel Hill [3]

Zamek Wawel, Kraków

Yet Wawel Cathedral is primarily the place of coronation of Polish kings and their necropolis, yet also the site where Karol Wojtyła, later Pope John Paul II, was the Metropolitan Bishop.

Situated between the Clock and Silver Bells Towers is the western part of the Cathedral block, which continues eastwards through a short transept into an elongated chancel. The Cathedral acquired its basic shape in the 14th century when the new – Gothic – Cathedral was built after a fire, using some of the walls of the more ancient, Romanesque one.

Over the years, the original architecture of the Cathedral yielded to certain transformations, first of all through the many phases of construction and reconstruction of the chapels that surround it. In the 15th century, the chapels of the Holy Trinity (on the left) and of the Holy Cross (on the right) were added on both sides of the decorative portal leading to the main entrance. By the right side of the transept, from the side of the courtyard, there are two mausoleum chapels that are nearly identical from the outside: the Vasa Chapel (standing next to the Silver Bells Tower) and Sigismund Chapel, the most eminent work of Renaissance art in Poland. The latter chapel is a work of the Italian master Bartolommeo Berrecci. Its dome is covered with gilded metal sheets recalling scales.


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Date: 2013-06-17 Show ticket
News author: Weronika Dulowska
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
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