A virtual sightseeing tour of
|Wawel Royal Castle
Home to three dynasties of Poland's monarchs. Its
stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless
art, best period furniture and rare ancient objects.
Poland's impressive national shrine shelters plenty of
superb church art. Among its 18 chapels are true architectural
masterpieces. The giant bell Zygmunt of 1520 ranks with the
world's largest. Most Polish kings and their family members are buried in the cathedral, its chapels and crypts,
together with the greatest national heroes, two poets, four
saints and numerous bishops.
|Basilica of the
The immense Gothic church, Krakow's principal temple
since the 13th century, shelters the world's greatest Gothic sculpture among its many excellent works of art.
The world's oldest shopping mall has been in business
for 700 years. The present Renaissance edifice dates from 1555.
Town Hall Tower
Krakow's leaning tower was built by the end of the 13th
700-year-old main city gate with adjoining mighty walls
Awesome 500-year-old unmatched masterpiece of medieval
Planty Garden Ring
Park of 30 varied gardens among old trees round
Krakow's Old Town historical district.
Poland’s second holiest shrine at the site of St.
Stanislaw’s 1079 martyrdom. A splendid Baroque church and fine
monastery modeled on a Renaissance castle.
St. Norbert's Convent
The vast fortified complex on the Vistula river is home to
Krakow’s once powerful Premonstratensian Sisters since the 12th
Krakow's hilltop Benedictine monastery-fortress
dates from the 11th century.
Magnificent 17th-century Baroque hermitage complex atop
the Silver Mountain hovers over Krakow.
Krakow's Cistercian Abbey of Mogila, founded in 1225, has left a
lasting imprint on the Polish history.
|The Wieliczka Salt
Millions of visitors, the crowned heads and such celebrities as
Goethe and Sarah Bernhardt among them, have enthused over that
subterranean world of labyrinthine passages, giant caverns,
underground lakes and chapels with sculptures in the crystalline
salt and rich ornamentation carved in the salt rock. The last
900 years, when the Wieliczka Salt Mine has been worked,
produced 200 kilometers of passages as well as 2,040 caverns of
15th-century impressive Grand College of the Krakow
university where Copernicus once studied.
The most beautiful of Europe's ancient streets,
The Kazimierz Jewish historic quarter
of Krakow was the
safe haven for Jews from every corner of Europe till the 20th century
and a major center of the Diaspora.
Seven of the historic Kazimierz synagogues date from the
16th, the 17th, and the 18th centuries.
Synagogue, in the
historic district, dates back to 1570.
Krakow's UNESCO World Heritage
Krakow, Poland's prime tourist attraction and a
must in Central Europe, boasts numerous world-class monuments,
charming vistas, delightful atmosphere, and the best
Kalawria Zabrzydowska, dates from the early 17th century
and is Europe's largest Calvary complex.