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4    Cracow (Poland)

The former capital and‘national shrine’

David Airey

You will find a city of hallowed store;to this treasure the guardian bards will lead;lo, their hands point through the dingy light,bringing bygone times back into sight

(Stanislaw Wyspianski)

Keywords: Cracow Poland market economy

Location grid reference: 50°03'N 19°55'E

World Heritage List Inclusion date: 1978

Summary

Cracow is the former capital of Poland. For 700 years it was the coronation and burial site of Polish kings and it is still the final resting place of Polish heroes. It is also the seat of many Polish institutions including the Catholic Church and the Jagiellonian which is Poland's oldest and leading university. With this background it is a kind of national ...

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