Poland Historic Sites and Landmarks

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Wawel CathedralWawel Cathedral
Krakow, Poland

The 14th-century Katedra Wawelska, located inside Wawel Castle, is the spiritual center of the Polish state. It is the burial place of Polish kings and national heroes and was the cathedral of Karol W

Old SynagogueOld Synagogue
Krakow, Poland

The oldest surviving Jewish site in Poland, the Old Synagogue was rebuilt after a fire in 1557. Badly looted during World War II, it has been restored and now houses a Museum of Jewish History.

Krakus and Wanda MoundsKrakus and Wanda Mounds
Krakow, Poland

These two prehistoric man-made mounds add a bit of mystery to Krakow's skyline. Their purpose remains unknown, but both are perfectly astronomically aligned with the sunrises of important Celtic days.

Jasna Góra Monastery
Częstochowa, Poland

The Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa is the third-largest Catholic shrine in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the monastery is the national shrine of Po

Bishop's Palace and Museum
Krakow, Poland

This is a must-see for fans of the late Pope John Paul II, who lived here as the Archbishop of Krakow until his elevation to pope in 1978. Inside is the Archdiocesan Museum, which also centers around the Pope's legacy.

Church of Peter and Paul
Krakow, Poland

Established by the Jesuits in the 17th century, this church features a splendid Baroque facade (patterned closely after the mother church in Rome) and larger-than-life statues of the 12 apostles.

Remuh Cemetery
Krakow, Poland

The Remuh Jewish Cemetery, adjacent to the synagogue of the same name, was used until the beginning of the 19th century. It includes the tomb of Remuh, still visited by Jewish pilgrims.

Tempel Synagogue
Krakow, Poland

Built in 1862 for Krakow's progressive (or reformed) Jews, this fine synagogue still hosts services a few times a year, along with classical concerts. Behind the splendid Neo-Renaissance exterior is a

St. Mary's ChurchSt. Mary's Church
Krakow, Poland

The *Kosciol Mariacki* is a large 14th-century church notable for its imposing but uneven towers, vibrantly colored interior, and its magnificent wooden altarpiece depicting medieval scenes.

St. Andrew's ChurchSt. Andrew's Church
Krakow, Poland

Located next door to the Baroque church of Peter and Paul, St. Andrew's Church dates from the 11th century and is the finest example of Romanesque architecture in Krakow. The interior has been given a

Corpus Christi Church
Krakow, Poland

This large Gothic brick church dates from the mid-14th-century and is adjacent to a monastery built 1405. The rich interior includes a painting by Lucas Cranach, fine choir stalls and a boat-shaped pu

Galicia Jewish Museum
Krakow, Poland

This often-overlooked museum features beautiful photographs of Jewish sites throughout southern Poland with explanations of their significance.