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  SIGISMUND CHAPEL - GOLDEN TOP CROWN AND CROSS
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There is a chapel (St. Mary Chapel) devoted to Stephen Batory - King of Poland 1576 - 1586 - with his tombstone by Italian sculpturer Gucci. The chapel looks like his mausoleum.

Stephen Bathory (Stefan Batory in Polish) was a Duke of Transylvania (1571-75) - a hilly region situated in the centre of Romania, homeland of literally dracula vampire :-).

In Poland, he was elected by a majority to succeed Henry of Valois, who had left Poland in 1574 to rule France as Henry III. Yes, yes, we elected our kings in 16th centure (hmm... early beginings of democracy?).

He defeated the first Russian czar Ivan the Terrible and incorporated Livonia (Estonia and parts of Latvia) to Poland in 1582.

Toward the end of his reign Stephen Bathory planned a Christian alliance against the Ottomans. He also schemed to make Russia a vassal state of Poland - a project that he considered a necessary step for his anti-Ottoman crusade.
He supported the Society of Jesus in Poland in an attempt to foster the Catholic Reform, and he effected useful judiciary reforms.



Address: BOT, Wawel 5, 31-001 Krakow, Poland
Directions: From SE corner of the Main Market Square go souhwards Grodzka Street (aprox. 20 min.), at the end turn right ---> the entrance: walk right up to the hill.
othercontact: Fax: +48 (12) 4221697
Phone: +48 (12) 4225155 ext. 291
Website: http://www.wawel.krakow.pl

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  • Updated Nov 14, 2003
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