"DRAGON'S CAVE (Smocza Jama)" Wawel Castle Tip by smirnofforiginal
Wawel Castle, Krakow: 339 reviews and 520 photos
THE LEGEND OF THEWAWEL DRAGON (SMOK WAWELSKI) :
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there lived a powerful prince, Krakus, who built a castle on a hill named Wawel, on the banmks of the Vistula and founded a town named after himself (Krakow). It was a wonderful town and would have been paradise if it were not for a fearsome dragon which lived in a cave beneath the castle. The dragon was always hungry and whilst he dined mainly on cows and sheep he was rather partial to the odd human - especially pretty maidens!
The clever and powerful price ordered a sheep's hide to be filled with sulphur, which was set alight and hurled into the cave. The voracious dragon ate the hide in one gulp and immediately felt the burning of the sulphur in his stomach. The dragon rushed to the Vistula and drank and drank and drank and finally exploded. The town had been saved but the dragon became the symbol of the city and today there is a statue in the place where once the beast had lived.
THE CAVE : The entrance to the cave is next to the Thieves' Tower (Baszta Zlodziejska) and from here there are some marvellous views. The 135 steps take you down to the cave, a further 70m brings you through the caves interior and out onto the banks of the Vistula where you will find the dragons fire breathing statue. The cave is open daily May - September 10am - 5pm
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