Wawel Castle in Krakow , history and legend .

posted on 28th of december, 2013

The Gothic Wawel Castle in Kraków in Poland was built at the behest of Casimir III the Great, who reigned from 1333 to 1370, and consists of a number of structures situated around the central courtyard.
In the 14th century it was rebuilt by Jogaila and Jadwiga of Poland. Their reign saw the addition of the tower called the Hen's Foot (Kurza Stopka) and the Danish Tower . The Jadwiga and Jogaila Chamber, in which the sword Szczerbiec, was used in coronation ceremonies, is exhibited today and is another remnant of this period. Other structures were developed on the hill during that time as well, in order to serve as quarters for the numerous clergy, royal clerks and craftsmen. Defensive walls and towers such as Jordanka, Lubranka, Sandomierska, Tęczyńska, Szlachecka, Złodziejska and Panieńska were erected in the same period.
The Wawel Royal Castle and the Wawel Hill constitute the most historically and culturally important site in Po­land. For centuries the residence of the kings of Poland and the symbol of Polish statehood, the Castle is now one of the country’s premier art museums. Established in 1930, the museum encompasses ten curatorial departments responsible for collections of paintings, including an important collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, prints, sculpture, textiles, among them the Sigismund II Augustus tapestry collection, goldsmith’s work, arms and armor, ceramics, Meissen porcelain, and period furniture. The museum’s holdings in oriental art include the largest collection of Ottoman tents in Europe. With seven specialized conservation studios, the museum is also an important center for the conservation of works of art.

In 1520 the Royal Sigismund Bell was cast, by Hans Behem, in bronze; it is the largest of the five bells hanging in the Sigismund Tower and was named to honour King Sigismund I the Old. It weighs almost 13 tonnes (28 thousand pounds) and requires 12 bell-ringers to toll it. It's rung only on special occasions, mostly religious and national holidays, and is regarded as one of the country's national symbols.

And now one of the many legends of the Wawel Hill

The Wawel Chakra.

The Wawel Chakra (Polish: czakram wawelski) - a place on Wawel hill in Krakow in Poland which is believed to emanate powerful spiritual energy. It is believed to be one of the world's main centers of spiritual energy . The Wawel Chakra is said to be one of a few strongest places of power on the Earth, which - like a chakra in the human body functions in (esoteric) energetic system of Earth.
The very center of Wawel Chakra is situated under St. Gereon’s chapel which was built in 11th century and is located between Royal Castle and Wawel’s Cathedral - in the north-west corner of Wawel's courtyard.
Chakra stone guards Wawel’s hill, and thus - the whole city.

Comments (8)

Posted by Kamell on December 29, 2013
You are cordially invited. I'll help with pleasure.
Posted by Egomezta on December 29, 2013
Amazing place, thanks for sharing.
Posted by Kamell on December 29, 2013
I am happy , that you like it :-)
Posted by FabioConcetta on December 29, 2013
Interesting history and beauty photos!
Posted by Jdanne on December 29, 2013
Nice photos! Thanks for sharing the history!
Posted by Kamell on December 29, 2013
Thanks you :)
Posted by Davidwatmough on December 29, 2013
Very interesting blog and beautiful castle. DAVID.
Posted by Hanbaoluan on December 29, 2013
Nice pictures!Thank you for sharing!I wish you a happy New Year!

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