Thursday, May 16, 2013

On Hiking Up the Wawel Castle

The Gothic Wawel Castle in Kraków in Poland was built at the behest of Casimir III the Great, who reigned from 1333 to 1370, and consists of a number of structures situated around the central courtyard. 

My first ever visit to a castle in Europe - the Wawel Castle in Krakow... in the snow no less. -.-" It was actually a very big castle. I didn't even managed to visit all of the buildings inside. Entrance fees were by the visit to individual buildings/rooms. So I only went to the royal rooms and the cathedral... And of course the exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci's The Lady with the Ermine in one of the rooms. The castle square was huge, all covered in snow that morning. Had it been in the spring or summer, the cafe would be opened and I'm pretty sure it would be quite a happening place too.

One of the castle gate, if you were to hike from the direction of Krakow old market square

The Wawel Cathedral, patronized by Pope John Paul before

The castle ground all covered in snow

The entrance to most of the exhibitions lies in this square

One of the many royal rooms (didn't asked for any permission for this shot, oops)

Wawel castle link: http://www.wawel.krakow.pl/en/
 


2 Jujus:

Twilight Man said...

Lovely castle. The Chinese and Europeans loved to build so many huge impressive castles, forts and palaces several hundred years ago. Why do our buildings get smaller and plain these days?

Medie007 said...

lol. not enough place!