"He stopped export of Soviet Revolution!" Top 5 Page for this destination Wawel Cathedral Tip by matcrazy1

Wawel Cathedral, Krakow: 92 reviews and 159 photos

by matcrazy1

There are three most famous Poles of 20th century:
- Pilsudski,
- Walesa,
- pope John Paul II.
All have strong connections with Wawel Cathedral and all visited it many times.

Pilsudski has a sarcophagus in a crypt of Wawel cathedral. It's saint place to majority of Poles, I think.

He is called father of Poland's independence. Poland was incorporated to 3 countries: Russia (Warsaw), Germany (Prussia) and Austria (Krakow) from 1795 till 1918.
Pilsudski began building a private army that he hoped would enable Poland to fight for its independence from Russia. In 1914 Pilsudski and his 10,000 men fought with the Austrians against the Russian Army but after the Russian Revolution his loyalty was questioned and he was arrested and imprisoned in July 1917.
On his release in 1918 Pilsudski became provisional head of state and leader of all Polish troops. Pilsudski represented Poland at the Versailles Treaty.

His army successfully defended Poland (and Europe) against the Red Army who was marching... to Paris to export Soviet Revolution. He finally defeated Red Army in so called Warsaw Battle on August 15th 1920 - the battle was called miracle by Vistula (river) later.
Poland stopped on itself the full brunt of the Red Army and defeated an idea of the "export of the revolution." Communist time table was slowed 24 years and countries of the Central Europe were spared from communist rule for a quarter of a century.

Western Europe, where revolutionary fever was boiling over on the streets, was spared a bloody fight for survival. Unfortunately, political and military significance of this victory was never fully appreciated by Europeans.

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

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 15, 2003
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