June 4, 2002 - Krakow

Krakow, in southern Poland, was left largely untouched during World War II.  There were many amazing churches and buildings as well as the Planty Gardens which surrounds the entire old town part of Krakow.

The SS. Peter and Paul's Church

The SS. Peter and Paul's Church

The twelve apostles in front of the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

The twelve apostles in front of the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

The main altar in the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

The main altar in the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

The pipe organ in the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

The pipe organ in the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

A smaller altar in the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

A smaller altar in the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

Another small altar in the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

Another small altar in the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

The tomb of Piotr Skarga, the court preacher of Zygmunt

The tomb of Piotr Skarga, the court preacher of Zygmunt

Another small alter in the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

Another small alter in the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

Just an old building that I found interesting.

Just an old building that I found interesting.

A statue across the street from the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

A statue across the street from the SS. Peter and Paul's Church

A view from far below of the cathedral at Wawel Castle

A view from far below of the cathedral at Wawel Castle

The main gate leading into the Wawel Castle

The main gate leading into the Wawel Castle

The arcaded courtyard inside the Wawel Castle

The arcaded courtyard inside the Wawel Castle

A view of the cathedral

A view of the cathedral

The Thieves Tower, the former prison

The Thieves Tower, the former prison

The hospital building at the Wawel Castle

The hospital building at the Wawel Castle

The backside of the Thieves Tower

The backside of the Thieves Tower

A closer view of one of the domes that makes up the cathedral

A closer view of one of the domes that makes up the cathedral

A great view of the entire cathedral at the Wawel Castle

A great view of the entire cathedral at the Wawel Castle

The crypt undneath the cathedral at the Wawel Castle

The crypt undneath the cathedral at the Wawel Castle

A large stained glass window inside the cathedral

A large stained glass window inside the cathedral

Another stained glass window and intricate ceiling artwork

Another stained glass window and intricate ceiling artwork

One of the many sculptures inside the cathedral

One of the many sculptures inside the cathedral

The tomb of King Wladyslaw Jagiello

The tomb of King Wladyslaw Jagiello

The confessional in the center of the cathedral

The confessional in the center of the cathedral

The tomb of King Wladyslaw Warnenczyk

The tomb of King Wladyslaw Warnenczyk

Me in the Dragon's Lair, underneath the castle.  Legends tell of a dragon who lived under the Wawel hill and was eventually killed by a traveller who fed the dragon the skin of a ram soaked in sulfer.  Driven by thirst, the dragon drank so much water from the river that he burst.

Me in the Dragon's Lair, underneath the castle. Legends tell of a dragon who lived under the Wawel hill and was eventually killed by a traveler who fed the dragon the skin of a ram soaked in sulfur. Driven by thirst, the dragon drank so much water from the river that he burst.

A vew of the stairs leading up through the Dragon's Lair

A vew of the stairs leading up through the Dragon's Lair

And one more of the Dragon's Lair

And one more of the Dragon's Lair

The Holy Trinity Basilica

The Holy Trinity Basilica

Extremely tall windows on the side of the Holy Trinity Basilica

Extremely tall windows on the side of the Holy Trinity Basilica

A larger view of the Holy Trinity Basilica...yes, I really liked this one for some reason

A larger view of the Holy Trinity Basilica...yes, I really liked this one for some reason

Decorative brickwork at the top of the Holy Trinity Basilica

Decorative brickwork at the top of the Holy Trinity Basilica

Interior of the Holy Trinity Basilica

Interior of the Holy Trinity Basilica

Massive artwork around a supporting column inside the Holy Trinity Basilica

Massive artwork around a supporting column inside the Holy Trinity Basilica

Larger view of the interior of the Holy Trinity Basilica

Larger view of the interior of the Holy Trinity Basilica

One of the paths leading through the Planty Gardens which surround the entire old town part of Krakow

One of the paths leading through the Planty Gardens which surround the entire old town part of Krakow

Flowers and a statue in the Planty Gardens

Flowers and a statue in the Planty Gardens

The Town Hall Tower in the middle of the Market Square

The Town Hall Tower in the middle of the Market Square

One of the streetside cafes in the Market Square

One of the streetside cafes in the Market Square

The Market Square with the Cloth Hall in the distance

The Market Square with the Cloth Hall in the distance

And another of the Market Square

And another of the Market Square

St. Mary's Basilica at the far corner of the Market Square

St. Mary's Basilica at the far corner of the Market Square

A closer view of St. Mary's Basilica

A closer view of St. Mary's Basilica

A statue of an angel over the entrance of the St. Mary's Basilica

A statue of an angel over the entrance of the St. Mary's Basilica

The south entrance to the Cloth Hall.  This building used to be where merchants would sell any and every kind of cloth but now it's just a big flea market

The south entrance to the Cloth Hall. This building used to be where merchants would sell any and every kind of cloth but now it's just a big flea market

A statue of the poet Adam Mickiewicz

A statue of the poet Adam Mickiewicz