Wawel Cathedral

Highly recommended
The Gothic Wawel cathedral (14C) contains many works of art, including St Stanislas' mausoleum and King Stephen Bathory's Tomb. The Sigismund Chapel is a masterpiece of Polish Renaissance; also look out for the Olbracht Chapel. The Holy Cross Chapel is embellished with Byzantine-inspired paintings (1470). Kings and poets are honoured in the crypt, raised to the rank of national pantheon in the 19C. The Sigismund Tower commands an excellent view of the city.

Useful information

Address:

Ul. Grodzka, 31-006 Kraków

Phone:

+48 12 429 95 15

Opening hours

Apr-Oct: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun and Bank Hols 12.30pm-5pm; Nov-Mar: Mon-Sat 9am-4pm, Sun and Bank Hols 12.30pm-4pm

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