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Wawel Castle, Krakow: 172 reviews and 271 photos

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There is a tombstone of Queen of Poland Jadwiga inside Wawel Cathedral.

Queen Jadwiga of Poland (1374?-1399) and King Wladyslaw Jagiello of Poland and Lithuania (1351?-1434), whose marriage joined Poland and Lithuania in a centuries-long union (two nations, one country), are the major players in a dramatic, romantic, and/or pious story that still captures the Polish (if not the Lithuanian!) hearts.
Jadwiga especially is the focus of both romantic and sacred interest, for her youthful marriage not only enable the Christianization of Lithuania and the final defeat of the Teutonic Knights, but involved a sacrifice dear to the romantic imagination.

She was first married at age... 4! to Wilhelm of Austria. She had been raised in the courts of Buda (Budapest) and Vienna (Wien), and well educated; she certainly spoke Hungarian, Latin, Italian and probably Polish.
Hmm... finally she married Lithuanian Jagiello who was one of the 12 sons of the famous Duke Olgierd, who had incorporated much of Russia into Lithuanian lands.

DETAILS (fascinating story): click here.

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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