Wawel Royal Castle is one of the most important historical monuments in Poland. Located atop Wawel Hill, a unique cultural landscape, the Castle became the seat of the kings of Poland and the symbol of Polish statehood and an integral part of the national identity. Its history and significance go beyond the borders of Poland and attract curiosity and admiration of visitors from around the world.
The castle consists of a number of structures, including the Royal Residence, a fortified castle, and gardens. The earliest references to the castle appear in 994. From the turn of the 11th century, it has served as a royal residence, with fortifications, expansions and renovations taking place over the ensuing centuries.
In the 16th century, it was one of the residences of King Sigismund II Augustus, who contributed a building considered the most beautiful of its kind in Europe at that time – the author’s chambers. Sigismund III Vasa shifted the political centre from Krakow to Warsaw, and during his reign Wawel was mainly used as a treasury and for military purposes only.
The castle’s significance has been enhanced by a number of key historical events, especially the coronation of the first king of independent Poland, in 1025, and the establishment of the Royal Chapel in the 16th century. The chapel contains several tombs of Polish monarchs, including that of Saint Stanislaus, the patron saint of Poland.
Today, visitors to the majestic Wawel Royal Castle can admire not only its timeless architecture and breath-taking views, but can also marvel at the historical treasures and priceless artefacts, some of which date as far back as the 8th century. This impressive castle is a stirring monument to Poland's grandeur and the powerful spirit that unites its past, present
Retrace the footsteps of Polish kings on this guided tour through the Royal Apartments at Wawel Castle. Avoid the long waiting times with your skip-the-line entry tickets, then discover the castle's impressive history as you explore with your local guide.
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