Wanda Mound

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Kopiec Wandy, Kraków

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Who was Wanda and why is there a whole mound devoted to her? According to the legend, she was the daughter of the city's founder, Prince Krak. Having rejected the hand of a German ruler, she threw herself into the Vistula so as to not expose her subjects to the wrath of the disenchanted wooer.

Who was Wanda and why is there a whole mound devoted to her? According to the legend, she was the daughter of the city's founder, Prince Krak. Having rejected the hand of a German ruler, she threw herself into the Vistula so as to not expose her subjects to the wrath of the disenchanted wooer.

The tumulus was raised on the site where her body was fished out from the river. The mound was first mentioned in the 13th century. At that time, it was simply called Mogiła ("grave"), which is how the village situated at its foot got its name. Today, the mound is located in Nowa Huta, a district established only after the war. It neighbours large steelworks. However, it is one of the oldest visible pieces of evidence of human activity in the area. It was probably raised in the 7th or 8th century. There is also a hypothesis that dates it back, similarly to Krakus Mound, to the times of the Celts, i.e. the 1st century.

Translation: Summa Linguae SA

Date: 2013-06-07 Show ticket
News author: Weronika Dulowska
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
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