Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral in Kraków
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!