Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral in Kraków

After walking up Wawel Hill, we entered the castle through this gate.

This is how the castle looked sitting on that hill before we walked up there. It was a little intimidating, but I made it!

View of the Vistula River from the castle. This is the longest and largest river in Poland and we also crossed it several times earlier in the trip when we still in Warsaw.

One of the castle towers flying the Polish flag.

The castle's Italian style courtyard.

Wawel Cathedral.

I took this picture as we were walking out of the Cathedral.

A statue of Pope John Paul II stands just outside of the Cathedral.

Used for centuries as the residence of Polish kings, Wawel Royal Castle sits on top of Wawel Hill at the edge of the Old Town in central Kraków. Built in the 13th and 14th centuries by King Casimir III the Great, it consists of many structures situated around an Italian style courtyard. The Royal Archcathedral Basilica of Saints Stanislaus and Wenceslaus, or Wawel Cathedral, is also located at this site. A more than 900 year old Roman Catholic Church, it is the Polish national sanctuary and served as the coronation site of Polish monarchs. Father Karol Wojtyla, who later became Pope John Paul II, offered his first mass as a priest here in 1946 and was ordained Kraków's auxiliary bishop here in 1958. We were not allowed to take photographs inside, but it certainly was beautiful!



20 comments:

BeachGypsy said...

What an amazing place! can you just imagine what this place was like back in the day!!?? I can almost see it.....

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Excelentes fotografias deste lugar muito bonito.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

biebkriebels said...

I like that courtyard.

Adam said...

I don't doubt their proud of John Paul II

Tom said...

...Lois, these beautiful photos make me want to book a trip to Poland.

Blogoratti said...

What a beautiful town and wonderful photos indeed. Greetings!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it is a beautiful place. I like the castle and the view of the river. Have a great day!

Sandra said...

Spectacular views looking up at it or looking down from it. Just beautiful and I love the shot of the Tower. I'm trying to tell if those tiny little round things can be stood in and look out or if they're just decorations they look like mini tower stuck on the corners

Marleen said...

Beautiful photos Lois. I like the gate in the first photo!

Sharon Anck said...

You are making me want to go to Poland. I love that statue.

Nancy Chan said...

Great and impressive castle! Have a great day!

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William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots, Lois!

RedPat said...

Poland looks so beautiful in your pics, Lois! What a wonderful trip to have taken with your daughter!

Tanya Breese said...

wow lois, it's all so beautiful! i hope you will not be hit too badly with this storm...

bill burke said...

Beautiful shots Lois. I love your perspective on the cathedral when you were walking out, it's perfect!

A Colorful World said...

Europe is so rich in beautiful Cathedrals and Castles...these are lovely. Enjoyed the bit of history, too.

magiceye said...

Impressive structures, well captured!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - what an amazing set of photos - such wonderful perspectives. Love them all.

Klara S said...

Beautiful captures.