6 interesting facts about Krakow
The name of the city – Kraków
The Mounds in Krakow
There are a few mounds in Krakow, which undoubtedly make this city one of a kind. Mounds in Krakow are devoted to various characters and scattered in different parts of the city.
Polish public university in Krakow, one of the oldest universities in the world. The university was founded in 1364. Initially, it consisted of three faculties: liberal arts, medicine and law.
It was the second university established in Central Europe after the University of Prague founded in 1348. Reactivated around 1390. Officially renewed in 1400 and extended to the theological faculty.
Krakow's own anthem
Legend has it that the melody stops when a Tatar arrow hits a medieval guard. Whether it is just a legend, we probably will not find out. At the top of the Basilica tower, a trumpeter is on duty in a small room, who plays the bugle call every hour to the four sides of the world.In the distant past, this sound served a slightly different function than today.
At its sound, the city gates were opened and closed. The trumpeter was the first to see the impending danger; these could be, for example, the troops of the Tatars (as in 1241, to which the legend of the interrupted melody refers).
He was also the first to notice a fire in the city. It is not known exactly when the melody started and when it was. played in all parts of the world. It is known, however, that the bugle call is one of the most interesting Krakow traditions, a great attraction for tourists.
The legend of the Wawel Dragon
The hungry monster ate the sheep and fell into a trap set by Skuba. The sulfur made him feel huge pain and a burning sensation in his throat. To quench his thirst, he drank water from the Vistula river. He drank, drank, and drank until he burst. There was great joy in the city, and the heroic shoemaker was well rewarded. The sculpture standing by the river at the foot of Wawel, at the entrance to the Dragon’s Den, reminds us of defeating the dragon. This legend is a big part of Krakow’s history.
A big head sculpture on the main square
An unusual sculpture – a huge human head – is placed right next to the Town Hall Tower in the Market Square in Krakow. It is a sculpture of Eros Bendato, the head of love god. The band on his eyes symbolizes the blindness of love.
The sculpture was donated to the city in 2005 by the Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj The sculpture evokes various emotions, it is difficult not to notice it, and nobody passes by it indifferently. The head is the daily target of the cameras of tourists from all over the world.
Certainly, Krakow is a very old and mysterious city. There are legends behind every street name or building. Each of them has a substitute for truth. It is a city that can be visited many times and you can find something different every time.