4D3N Poland Trip: Exploring Wawel Castle and Cathedral, Krakow

"If you're leaving will you take me with you, I'm tired of talking on my phone."

I wonder if I treat travelling as an "escapade" from otherwise a very suffocating daily life. But daily life often becomes dry up to the point I need to travel every year. I can spend few moments within a day reminiscing my travelling days. Especially the one which involve Europe. Nowadays a lot of things happen in Europe up to the point some of my friends are afraid to travel to any country in Europe. This is kinda sad because Europe has the most beautiful cities on the earth. 

If you are wondering where to go, you may want to visit Poland as we are now continuing our exploration of Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow. 

Entering Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow Poland

If you want to go inside the Wawel Cathedral, you have to plan your visit well because the Cathedral is closed on certain occasions like New Year's Day (1 Jan), Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, All Saints' Day (1 Nov), Christmas Eve (24 Dec) and Christmas Day (25 Dec). In addition, the Cathedral Museum is closed on Sunday and holidays. The entrance to the Cathedral is so grand with the turquoise big door. 

Green entrance to the Wawel Cathedral Krakow Poland

I suppose you cannot really go into the Cathedral without a licensed guide especially if you are coming in a group of more than 10 people. The Cathedral and the Cathedral Museum opens from 9AM to 5PM from Monday to Saturday from April to October and 9AM to 4PM from November to March. You can still visit the Cathedral on Sunday from 12.30PM to 5PM (April to October) and 12.30PM to 4PM (November to March) but I think it will be more worth it to visit the Cathedral on other day because the Cathedral Museum closes on Sundays. 

The sign in front of the entrance to Wawel Cathedral Krakow Poland

The inside of the Wawel Cathedral and the Cathedral Museum is so magnificent. After all this was where the coronation of the Polish royals took place historically. More interestingly, do you know that those Monarchs are also buried in the Cathedral since the 14th century? Yeap, it's basically the "tomb world" under the Cathedral. Spooky~~~

After a good hour inside the Cathedral, we finally saw the sunlight again (wish could spend more time but there's not much thing you could do when you joined a tour with strict timeline to adhere to). 

Outside Wawel Cathedral in Krakow Poland

Interested to read but I could not read Polish. Oh well. 

Another signboard inside Wawel Royal Castle complex in Krakow Poland

Few steps down the road from the undecipherable sign, we have arrived at the Renaissance courtyard of Wawel Castle. The arcaded courtyard of the Castle looks so solemn and it's perfectly awesome for picture taking especially if you come in the morning when there are not many tourists yet. 

The courtyard of Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow Poland

Other than the renaissance architecture, there is something special about this courtyard. At the upper left corner of the courtyard, there is a section of the wall which is famously known as the Wawel Chakra. The section of the wall is basically believed to be one of the world's main centers of spiritual energy. If you want to be in the "force", you just need to touch the wall to feel the force and voila, you'll be a Jedi. Okay, I was joking about the Jedi-part but a lot of people really touch the wall so there may be some truths in the this urban legend of the Wawel Chakra. 

The courtyard of Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow Poland

Our walk continued until we stumbled to another door to the Cathedral. Really love the architecture of the Cathedral. 

Small church inside Wawel Royal Castle complex in Krakow Poland

Statue of Karol Wojtyla, who in the year 1978 became Pope John Paul II. He offered his first Mass in the Cathedral in the year 1946. 

The statue of the pope in Wawel Royal Castle complex Krakow Poland

The horse, the clock and the blue sky. 

The view from below at Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow Poland

And one last look at the Cathedral and the castle. Felt super sad when we had to leave this place but the journey must go on. 

Goodbye to Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow Poland

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