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Dragon Cave - Smok Wawelski, Krakow: 21 reviews and 35 photos

  Bones from "Smok".
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  • Bones from "Smok". - Krakow
      Bones from "Smok".
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  • Sculpture of Smok. - Krakow
      Sculpture of Smok.
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I passed 4-5 times in front of the Smok Wawelski, down the Wavell Hill, expecting to film the Dragon's sculpture when breathing fire but each time my camera was ready "Smok" as he is called in Krakow ceased spurting fire to start again when I was out of reach !
A nasty beast not only devouring sheep but also showing sexual harassment (as it is now called) of the local young ladies.
Finally a king called Grakch or Cracus put an end to the exploits of the dragon and Cracovia was named after king Cracus.
If you don't believe the story go to the entrance of the Cathedral. After Smok exploded eating a dummy sheep stuffed with tar and sulphur, his bones were put to hang left of the cathedral's door as you can see from my photo.

I always wondered what historical facts, if any, are behind such legends. The oldest version is from the 13th c. A zoologist must be able to identify the bones at the cathedral. The largest of them seems to be a bone from a whale or a mammoth.
What is sure is that in the history of Poland at the end of the 8th c. a Cracus succeeded to princes of the family Lechus and that the sculpture of the dragon is not older than 1972. A pet monster for children and a tourist attraction.

Address: Wavel
Directions: Historical centre.

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  • Updated Jan 30, 2014
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Comments (2)

  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    interesting legend and very strange looking dragon

  • anaanes's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Is it inside the Wawel's Castle?

    • breughel's Profile Photo
      Mar 16, 2013 at 2:09 AM

      It is in the Wavel Castle ensemble of buildings but at the outside of the entrance to the Cathedral on the left of the door. You can see it without entry ticket for the cathedral.
      Thank you for the ratings.

    • anaanes's Profile Photo
      Mar 16, 2013 at 4:37 AM

      Thanks for the tip!


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