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Casimir IV of Poland (aka Casimir Jagiellonian or Kazimerz Jagiellonczyk) was Grand Duke of Lithuania and king of Poland (from 1447 to 1492).
His tombstone is located in Swietokrzyska Chapel of Wawel Cathedral. It's created by famous late-gothic German sculpturer Wit Stwosz (Veit Stoss) the same who created the world's largest medieval sculpture placed in the main altar of the Basilica St. Mary in Krakow's main market square.

Haha, Casimir IV had a very old father (75 yo at his birth - what a male! - Wladislaw II Jagiello - king of Poland as well).
Casimir IV had to become ruler of Lithuania at age... 14. Kiddy ruler :-). And at age 19 he became king of Poland (coronated at Wawel Cathedral) as well. Not highly educated king, he even wasn't taught Latin.

Casimir IV had six sons and seven daughters with his wife Elizabeth of Habsburg (what a fertility!). His eldest son, Wladyslaw, became king of Bohemia (1471) and of Hungary (1490); three others were his successors on the thrones of Lithuania and Poland; one became an archbishop and, later, a cardinal. Five of his daughters were married to German princes, as a result of which the Polish name Casimir became a familiar one among German dynasties. When he died he left a dynasty renowned among the courts of Europe.

Casimir IV acted to preserve the hereditary rule of the dynasty in Lithuania with no connection with Poland other than the common monarchy, and, when he was finally crowned king of Poland (June 25, 1447), he had succeeded in affirming his right to live in Lithuania and choose his counsellors freely.

Casimir IV by patient but tenacious policy, sought to preserve the political union between Poland and Lithuania and to recover the lost lands of old Poland. The great triumph of his reign was the final subjugation of the Teutonic Knights (1466).

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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