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Wawel Cathedral

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Kraków, Poland.

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Poland’s national sanctuary, of which unfortunately its residents and royalty have had to make much use, the gold and green copper domes of Wawel Cathedral have seen the coronation and internment of Poland’s monarchs. Because of this royal use the building has been adapted and updated to suit the tastes of each ruler as they’ve prepared their own burial chambers and chapels.

The nave has a long aisle and a double aisled choir surrounding an impressive black marble, four pillared, canopy on which rests the intricately carved silver coffin of St. Stanislaw the Martyr, once the Bishop of Krakow.

Sigismund’s Chapel, of the beautiful gold domed roof and Italian Renaissance design, runs along the southern wall of the cathedral, and is one of most famous pieces of architecture in Poland. In it are interred the remains of the King responsible for the final architectural update and magnificent artistic decoration of next door Wawel Castle.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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Gorgeous

Wawel Cathedral is easily the most beautiful place I have ever visited in my life. It's almost hard to try to explain to anyone who hasn't been there. Every inch of the place exudes history, meaning, and beauty. I had to sneak photos with my DSLR as they don't allow photos inside. I heard people are married there still and that must make for the most majestic weddings ever. You must visit this holy place. I love Poland and I love this Cathedral. - Eric Dolecki

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