Wawel Cathedral, Krakow

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Must see · Religious Site · Historic Site
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Once the site of royal coronations, Wawel Cathedral represents one of Poland's most significant religious and architectural sites. Two previous buildings burned down here before the church was erected more than nine centuries ago. The present-day cathedral, a Gothic structure, features several chapels built in different architectural styles. As you enter, notice the chain hanging to the left of the main iron door. Made of prehistoric animal bones, this chain is known for having magical powers that ensure the continued presence of the cathedral. To learn more about the large collection of sarcophaguses and altarpieces, take a guided tour. Plan to visit Wawel Cathedral during your Krakow vacation using our convenient Krakow travel route planner.
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  • Shame there were no postcards to show the interior as photography is not allowed except in the crypt. Beautiful altarpieces and magnificent tombs of the Polish kings. 
    Shame there were no postcards to show the interior as photography is not allowed except in the crypt. Beautiful altarpieces and magnificent tombs of the Polish kings.  more »
  • A good place with awesome Cathedral inside and nice internal square! Piece of history of Poland! May spend some time on Spring when flowers are very nice. 
    A good place with awesome Cathedral inside and nice internal square! Piece of history of Poland! May spend some time on Spring when flowers are very nice.  more »
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  • The Cathedral is absolutely wonderful! The architecture is amazing! If you're in Poland you should definitely visit it. The only bummer is that you are not allowed to take pictures inside. Also, you have to pay to enter, not sure how much the fee is
  • We enjoyed the visit to the Cathedral although, sadly, it was not well signposted when we were inside. There was a large tour group in the main cathedral when we first arrived and so we followed a sign to the crypt to give them time to finish their tour. We were unaware that this was also the exit through the crypt (there was no indication of this on the sign) and so we were unable to return to see the cathedral itself. That was disappointing as we would have loved to explore the cathedral itself more. The crypt was interesting and some of the sarcophagus are very elaborate.

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