Fun Facts about Krakow, Poland

Main Market Square and St. Marys Basilica in Krakow, Poland by Monica Goslin

Visiting Krakow, Poland Travel Series – starting with a few fun facts

Krakow is an interesting city to visit and there is a lot to see and do. Krakow has an old-world charm to it and could be the next Prague, becoming a popular destination.

This and the next few posts will highlight what to see and do in Krakow. Overall I really enjoyed my visit there and hope to visit again as there is always more to see. I recommend the main sights and a few lesser known stops that are still in the historic city center. If you are interested in art and architecture (especially gothic architecture and art nouveau) you should visit as many of the churches in the city as you can as they are all extremely distinctive, plus Krakow is known as the “city of churches.”

So keep reading and find out more about Krakow, Poland!

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A few fun and interesting facts about Krakow, Poland:

–          Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland, dating back to the 7th century.

–          Krakow was the capital of Poland for over 500 years

–          The city of Krakow is an important academic and artistic center.

–          Krakow’s historical city center is a UNESCO world heritage site.

–          Pope John Paul II was the first Slavic pope ever, and the first non-Italian pope in 455 years! He became pope in 1978.

–          The University of Krakow is the second oldest university in central Europe, founded in 1364 by King Casimir II the Great. (Read more about the University of Krakow in a later post).

–          After World War II, with the creation of a giant steel mill, the city became an industrial center with a new working class and a jump in population growth.

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Next post will feature the main sights to see in Krakow, Poland – so stayed tuned!

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