Historic Centre of Kraków


WHS - Polska - Architecture

The Royal Archcathedral Basilica of Saints Stanislaus and Wenceslaus on the Wawel Hill (Polish: królewska bazylika archikatedralna śś. Stanisława i Wacława na Wawelu), also known as the  The Cathedral of Cracow Bishops.

Before Cracow became the capital of Poland and the seat of Polish kings, the city had been already been the seat of the Bishopric for nearly 100 years. The cathedral chronology is reflected in the patronage of Wawel Cathedral, whose first patron was St Wenceslaus, a Czech ruler who was murdered in 935. This indicates that church institutions had been present in Cracow earlier than the state institutions. Wawel Cathedral (Polish: katedra wawelska), is a Roman Catholic church located on Wawel Hill in Kraków, Poland. More than 900 years old, it is the Polish national sanctuary and traditionally has served as coronation site of the Polish monarchs as well as the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Kraków.

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