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What are the most important landmarks to see first and foremost in Krakow? Without a doubt, the original architecture of the city deserves the highest attention. Wawel, St. Mary Church, St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Juliusz Slowacki Theatre, Divine Mercy Sanctuary and many others – are the architectural landmarks that attract millions of tourists every year. Let’s visit Krakow right now by making a virtual tour using our fantastic 3D flight simulator! Just start the video on this page and make a flight over the main sites of Krakow, which are presented in a three-dimensional format. Besides that, our review includes interesting facts and colorful photos of every monument.

Wawel, Krakow

» Wawel is the architectural complex on a hill in Krakow. The complex consists of numerous buildings and structures, but the biggest and most famous of them are the Royal Castle and the Cathedral of St. Stanislaw and Waclaw.
» Wawel is a very important place for the Polish, which was originally the center of political power and the seat of Polish kings.
» During the 20th century Wawel has being the residence of Poland governors.
» After the invasion of German troops at the beginning of World War II, Krakow became the seat of the State Administration of Germany. Later Wawel became the residence of the Nazi governor, General Hans Frank. After the cessation of hostilities Wawel was restored; it became the national museum, the temple and the center depicting the complex history of Poland.
» The Cathedral of St. Stanislaw and Waclaw is a burial place of Polish monarchs and the greatest Polish poets, as well as prominent political figures. The Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, who tragically died April 10, 2010 in a plane crash, were buried there on April 18, 2010.
» The castle has an exposition dedicated to the home of the Polish kings. Here you can see the quarters of monarchs, throne room, armory and even the treasury.

St. Mary Church, Krakow

» The St. Mary Church or the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Catholic church that is an example of Gothic architecture. In 1962 it received the title of the minor basilica by Vatican.
» The Church has two towers. Every hour Mary's heynal (time signal) is heard from the higher tower, which is one of the symbols of Krakow.
» The church facade is decorated with 21 sculptured figures.
» The church houses two particularly important works of art of medieval Europe: the altar and Vita Stwosza crucifix.
» Shackles are mounted at the entrance to the church, which were once used for criminals.

St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Krakow

» The St. Peter and St. Paul Church was the first construction on the territory of Poland built in Baroque style.
» The church is famous for its figures of the twelve apostles standing at the entrance to the shrine.
» The high altar of the church built in Baroque style in 1785 is particularly notable.
» Inside the church there is the longest Foucault pendulum in Poland, the movement of which shows the daily rotation of the Earth.
» The church regularly hosts concerts of sacred music, and the patio is a usual venue for theatrical performances and art exhibitions.

Juliusz Slowacki Theatre, Krakow

» Juliusz Slowacki Theatre was founded in 1893 and named in honor of Juliusz Slovack in 1909. The building is one of the finest theaters in Europe, built in Baroque style.
» The theater is decorated with frescoes by the Viennese artist, Anton Tuhom, and features the unique curtain by Henrik Semiradsky.
» In summer open-air stage operates at the garden.
» The theatre became a place origin of the theatrical concept of Young Poland, the period of development in the arts associated with modernism in the Polish culture.
» First romantic performances in the theater had great significance for Polish culture.

Divine Mercy Sanctuary, Krakow

» The Divine Mercy Sanctuary is the serving Roman Catholic Church in Krakow.
» Two of the Pope visited the shrine, and millions of pilgrims from all over the world continue to come there every year.
» Currently, the sanctuary can accommodate about 5,000 people.
» Some cases of people healed after they have visited this church are known.

Aquapark, Krakow

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Facts: » Krakow Aquapark is one of the main attractions of the city. That’s the largest water park in Poland.
» Aquapark features a wide variety of open and closed slides, the longest of which is 202 meters.
» Sliding in a purple tube is accompanied by sound and light effects; tube length is 163 meters.
» Yellow (147 m long) and green (107 m long) waterslides are aimed at fans of high speeds.
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