Wawel Cathedral
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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National shrine known for its superb religious art including the giant bell of Zygmunt of 1520, one of the world's largest, and the burial place of many Polish kings and their families, national heroes and numerous bishops.
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Mykhailo Bazalii
Kharkiv, Ukraine7 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
The Catedral is located in the Castle, so the location already gives it some points, because of atmosphere and breathtaking surroundings. The church itself suits perfectly in the castle. Imho, this is the best church in Krakow. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to get into the church, however it still printed in memory as must-visit place
Written November 18, 2022
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Vierdank
Stockholm, Sweden5,024 contributions
Sep 2022
Poland had monarchy for centuries. And Krakow was the capital. The cathedral within the Wawel castle area is the coronation and burial church for the Polish royalties.
Well worth seeing, the royal crypt is what distinguish this church from other "normal cathedrals".

Since you can choose what to see - and thus what to pay for - on the large castle complex, the cathedral is a given choice.

You should do it under an hour, before moving on to the castle itself.
Written October 10, 2022
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Jaroslav Nečas
Brno, Czech Republic989 contributions
Sep 2022
Catholic cathedral located inside the Wawel castle, you can reach the object for free, but entrance requires payment. This was the main reason I did not get inside, but for religious people it's worth to go inside.
Written October 8, 2022
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Marco_Polo499
Milan, Italy271 contributions
Jul 2022
The Krakow Cathedral is located on the Wawel hill, within the immense walled area of the Castle. Access to this area is free, but access to the Cathedral and to the Castle is on payment.

The Cathedral is the church where all the kings of Poland were crowned from 1320 until 1795, when Poland ceased to be a kingdom. After their death, they were all buried in this church, which is now considered as the most sacred memorial of Poland.

The visit is carried out following a designated route that touches all the points of interest in the church. In principle it is forbidden to take photographs, but it seems that this prohibition is not enforced. The visit requires about one hour and allows the visitor to get a very interesting insight into the history of Poland, since synthetic information is posted near each sepulchre about the life and the deeds of the king (or queen) lying there; the visit is also a source of emotions, considering that part of that history was written in this place and that the men who wrote it now rest in front of the visitor.

The visiting route starts in the immense choir, which surprisingly monopolizes the entire nave and also incorporates the high altar, leaving to the use of the faithful only the side aisles. This peculiar arrangement shows that the church was to be a place for the carrying out of rites and ceremonies reserved for the clergy and the court, for which the presence of the faithful was irrelevant, if not superfluous: in other words, it was a church for the elite. In the choir are to be admired the carved wood panels that ornate the stalls, as well as the high altar.

After the choir, the visiting route goes to the bell-tower, where it is possible to see the ancient bell called Sigismund – after king Sigismund the 1st who commissioned it in 1520. The bell weighs 12.7 tons and is regarded as one of the national symbols of Poland. The ascent to the bell tower requires you to climb a steep staircase.

After the bell-tower, the visiting route follows the side aisles of the church and passes behind the main altar, places where there are the tombs of the most ancient kings and queens. Many of these tombs are adorned with splendid funeral monuments sculpted in marble. A brief summary of the life and deeds of the king (queen) lying there is posted near the various monuments, both in Polish and English. Particularly remarkable are the two chapels located at both sides of the main entrance of the church, for their architecture and for the monuments they contain; they are reached near the end of the visiting route.

After visiting the church, you descend into the crypt, where the sepulchres of the less ancient kings are located, together with those of other members of their families and those of a few men who played an important role in the history of Poland (eg. the national hero Kościuszko). The sepulchres in the crypt are not embellished by monuments.

After the church it is possible to visit the Diocesan Museum, located just in front of the Cathedral. It is a minuscule museum of four rooms, which exhibits rich liturgical vestments and objects used in religious functions. One of the four rooms is fully dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II (Karol Woytiła), who was Archbishop of Krakow for 14 years and is greatly beloved in Poland. Taking photos is not allowed. I found this museum of modest interest; moreover it is not accessible to people with disabilities, due to the presence of a long and steep access staircase.

The Cathedral can be reached on foot, climbing a slightly uphill road about 500 meters long; it is an easy walk, but it can be uncomfortable when the weather is inclement or on a hot summer day. The Cathedral is open from 9:00 to 16:00 (winter schedule) or to 17:00 (summer schedule), except on Sunday and other public holidays, when it opens at 12:30. Admission is 22 Zloty (about 5 €), with reduction to 15 Zloty for seniors: the ticket office is near the entrance of the Cathedral. A relaxed visit can take one hour.
Written August 21, 2022
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Possidendi
Greater London, UK75 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Worth to spend time and money here. Found the crypts to he most interesting rather than the bell tower. We invested in the audio tour guide and very pleased with that decision as it lasts over an hour and provides history and background information as soon as you approach the relevant exhibit.

Lady at the ticket office wouldn't accept a UK student card (Totum). She said they only accept ISIC.

In most places in the Cathedral you cannot take the pictures.
Written August 15, 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK613,258 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Wawel Cathedral ( Royal Archcathedral Basilica Of Saints Stanislaus And Wenceslaus ) is a beautiful part of the Wawel Castle complex,nearly 1000 years old ,it's a mix of architectural styles including Romanesque ,Gothic ,Renaissance ,Baroque and Neoclassical ,it's a wonderful cathedral building to view ,it's very photogenic and it's very popular ,on our visit on a roasting hot afternoon this cathedral was rammed ,lots of tourists me included ,if you're planning a trip to Krakow it's a wonderful cathedral building to check out .
Written August 6, 2022
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RPThorne
Sedgwick, Australia258 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
The cathedral is well worth a visit, with its mix of amazing architectural and artistic features. Signs on major exhibits are in Polish and English, although an audio guide headset was available if desired. Some people took tour guides.

Unlike other venues at Wawel Castle, the tickets are untimed, so you can purchase a ticket just near the entrance and go in at your leisure.

Photography was not allowed and most people were respectful and kept voices low.

It is a functioning church and so opening hours were limited on Sunday.

The tour route was clearly signed and takes you downstairs to the tombs of past kings and bishops. I spent minimum time in that section.

As a senior, I bought the concession ticket for 15 PLN - so not expensive at all. Less than one hour is needed.
Written August 2, 2022
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Barbs25
Staffordshire, UK2,446 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Only saw it from the outside as it was closed when we went but really lovely building. Loved the whole castle area and the courtyard, so pretty with all the flowers and great architecture.
Written June 28, 2022
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MAP12
New Orleans, LA495 contributions
May 2022
I'd put this on a "must-see" list for Krakow. Coronation and burial site for kings and others - and this was where Pope Paul II was ordained to be a priest. It's a miss-mash of different "add on" chapels built through time between the 14th century and now. Contains examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, Neoclassical and Neogothic architecture.
Written June 10, 2022
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Xtrttvllr
Helsinki, Finland315 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Good look at the history and many ruling factions (from Swedish kings to modern politicians) of Krakow. Crypt worth visiting.
Written May 29, 2022
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