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I spent in Krakow 5 years of my life, and I have to say this is one of the cities which I never got bored of. This picture presents the cathedral located within the grounds of the Royal Castle on the Wawel Hill in Krakow. I had the pleasure to revisit its magnificent interior this year again. I have presented a view from a similar more classic angle here:
https://www.trekearth.com/viewphotos.php?l=8&p=1473167
but it is only if you see it in the context of the whole castle and the Wawel Hill, only then you realize what you are looking at:
https://www.trekearth.com/viewphotos.php?l=8&p=1228329
This would be a spectacular location for a drone photography.
Royal Cathedral is a place of burial of many Polish kings. Those who defended Poland and/or Europe from Tatars, Ottomans, Russians, Teutonic Knights, even Swedes. Some of them were born in other countries. The most notable royal couple was made of Lithuanian Prince and Hungarian Princess, that king crashed Teutonic Knights in one of the largest medieval battles. Another King buried there saved the Europe from Ottoman Empire, crashing previously invincible Ottoman army in the Battle of Vienna. Ironically, Austrians were not very thankful and, soon after that victory, they participated in dividing and taking over Polish lands together with Russia and Germany. Ottomans were more respectful, and after their loss in the Battle of Vienna, Turkey has never recognized the disappearance of Polish Kingdom from the map of Europe.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7610 W: 106 N: 19897] (76155)
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