Wawel Cathedral, Krakow

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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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  • The Catedral is located in the Castle, so the location already gives it some points, because of atmosphere and breathtaking surroundings. The church itself suits perfectly in the castle. Imho, this... 
    The Catedral is located in the Castle, so the location already gives it some points, because of atmosphere and breathtaking surroundings. The church itself suits perfectly in the castle. Imho, this...  more »
  • Poland had monarchy for centuries. And Krakow was the capital. The cathedral within the Wawel castle area is the coronation and burial church for the Polish royalties. Well worth seeing, the royal... 
    Poland had monarchy for centuries. And Krakow was the capital. The cathedral within the Wawel castle area is the coronation and burial church for the Polish royalties. Well worth seeing, the royal...  more »
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  • Is somehow so much bigger on the inside. I shan’t review an old cathedral, but this is a must visit if you’re in Krakow! Just a note on accessiblity- towards the top of the bell tower (which takes many many stairs), it gets really narrow, steep and cramped. If you have mobility issues I wouldn’t attempt this part of the cathedral- the crypts below are much more exciting and easier to access (although they do still have stairs) 😁
  • Really impressive, not only by where it is situated, but the interior is superb and the views from the bell tower stunning. Don't forget to go up the bell tower and then down into the tomb of royals, after you spent time admitting the chapel itself. There is a bit of the history of Poland told throughout showing just how involved they have been throughout history, invaded by all, fought in every way... Well worthwhile taking a little bit of time.

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