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 Wawel Hill, Krakow's Acropolis

Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow  

People lived on the Wawel Hill at least as early as fifty thousand years ago, in the Paleolithic Age. In the Neolithic and the Bronze Age, i.e. some three thousand years ago, the settlement was apparently bustling with trade, with assorted crafts and with farming.

It was at the turn of the past millennium when the rulers of Poland took up their residence here. During the early 16th century King Sigismund I the Old (1506-1548) brought in the best native and foreign artists (Italian architects and sculptors, German decorators, etc.) to create the splendid Renaissance palace-cum-castle which survived, little changed, till now.

 

The Wawel Royal Castle proved to be a paragon of stately residence in Central and Eastern Europe and served widely as a model throughout the region. Its magnificent arcaded courtyard of great dimensions and immaculate proportions formed the ideal setting for tournaments and various court events. They were watched by royalty, courtiers and guests from the galleries which otherwise served as the main communications between rooms.

The Wawel Royal Castle has its “piano nobile” – i.e. the state apartments – on the top, third floor rather than the second like Italian palaces. The castle’s second floor contained private apartments of the royal family, whereas the court officials worked and lived downstairs. Visitors can see many exquisite interiors of the Royal Castle complete with beautiful period furniture and world-class objects of art. Some exhibits prove absolutely unique by any standards.

 In November visitors are granted free admission to all permanent exhibitions at the Krakow Royal Castle.

Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da VinciNote: Temporary exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, Lady with an Ermine, takes place on the upper floor of the western wing of the Krakow Royal Castle from mid May of 2012 till April 30th, 2017. To see the picture visitors need a separate ticket which costs ten zlotys (PLN). 

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Wawel Hill

Wawel Hill in Krakow, the mecca of every Pole and a must for foreign tourists, is a microcosm of Polish history and culture.

Wawel Cathedral
Poland's impressive national shrine shelters plenty of superb church art.

Arrases
The matchless collection of 16th-century monumental Flemish tapestries.

Audience Hall
The Royal Castle's throne chamber has the most singular decor.

Crown Treasury and Armory
The Crown Treasury shows Polish royal memorabilia, jewels and other precious items. The adjacent Armory displays 15th to 18th-century arms
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Dragon's Den
Huge natural cavity inside the Wawel Hill is the legendary home of a legendary monster.



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