Krakow, Poland: Part II

Głos ludu, głos Boga.

 

I bring some more from Krakow. This time from Wawel Hill..

Sat on the Vistula river, Krakow has grown from a stone age settlement to Poland’s second largest city.

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It began as a hamlet on Wawel Hill. The settlement was apparently bustling with trade, assorted crafts and local farming. When more people began to settle down on the Wawel Hill and when trade became more efficient, the rulers of Poland took up their residence at the Hill as well.

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Within the Castle walls there are impressive courtyards and gardens.

 

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The gothic Wawel Cathedral also sits within the castle walls. 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 Krakow. Karol Wojtyla, who in 1978 became Pope John Paul II, the day after his ordination to the priesthood, offered his first Mass as a priest in the Crypt of the Cathedral on 2 November 1946, and was ordained Kraków’s auxiliary bishop in the Cathedral on September 28, 1958.

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This is one of eleven Catholic Pilgrimage sites in Poland. And a Cathedral which has to be seen in person to really be appreciated for its architectural detail and beauty.

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