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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Krakow: The Second Largest City in Poland
by Arunas Travel Photography - 4



Krakow (Polish: Kraków) is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland, located in a valley at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, 219 m (719 ft) above sea level.



Five interesting facts about Krakow:

  • The first written record of the city's name dates back to 965, when Kraków was described as an important centre of trade in Slavonic Europe.
  • It was the royal capital of Poland from 1038 to 1569 and then of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1569 to 1596.
  • Founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great (1310–1370), the Jagiellonian University is the oldest university in Poland, the second oldest university in Central Europe, and one of the oldest surviving universities in the world.
  • The Old Town district is home to about 6,000 historic sites, and more than 2,000,000 works of art.
  • Krakow's historic centre was entered on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1978.

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The Renaissance Cloth Hall (built in the 16th century), Krakow

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Arch inside the Cloth Hall, Krakow

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The Main Market Square, Krakow

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St. Mary's Basilica (built in 1347; Gothic), Krakow

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Wawel Castle (built in the 13th and 17th centuries), Krakow

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The 16th century Renaissance inner courtyard, Wawel Castle, Krakow

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Wawel Cathedral (built in the 14th century), Krakow

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Juliusz Słowacki Theatre (built in 1893; Baroque), Krakow

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The winter-time façade of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul (completed in 1619; Baroque), Krakow

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The statues of Saints, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Krakow

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The statues of Saints, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Krakow

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Interior, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Krakow

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Street performers, Krakow

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Collegium Novum (completed in 1887; Neo-Gothic), Krakow

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Bernatek Footbridge, Krakow

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Sunset on the Vistula, Krakow

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4 comments

  1. Wow. Just wow! This city looks majestically beautiful. The photos you captured are stunning. Im sure the pictures don't do this historical city any justice. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post.

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  2. Glorious photos of Kraków! It’s definitely a lovely city:) If you ever get w chance, visit Wrocław as well! It’s also a lovely city in the south-west part of Poland!

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  3. Wow! Such a detailed article. I love the photos. I will surely add this to my bucketlist. :)

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  4. Love and love and love your photos, they really give a great value to your blog!

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