Wednesday, January 18, 2012
One of the main highlights of Krakow Poland, besides the Wawel Castle, is the Wawel Cathedral. Two cathedrals once stood in its place, the first constructed in the 11th century and the second in the 12th century, both destroyed by fire. The current one that stands was built in the 14th century, and is an almost overwhelming display of marble, gold and Renaissance architecture.
Within its walls (no photography allowed) is the tomb of nearly every important figure in Polish history...kings, queens, war heroes, and even the Polish President that died in an airplane crash in 2010. It is a humbling experience to walk past all these gilded tombs.
You may climb the steps to the bell tower, where you can touch this 28,000 pound bell for good luck. Nope, you can't ring it. It takes 12 people to do that.