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The classic Krakow postcard of Wavel Castle, without a doubt the most impressive and photogenic building in the city, both for its style and its location above the river.
The Wawel Castle is a castle residency located in central Kraków, Poland. Built at the behest of King Casimir III the Great,it consists of a number of structures situated around the Italian-styled main courtyard. The castle, being one of the largest in Poland, represents nearly all European architectural styles of medieval, renaissance and baroque periods. The Wawel Royal Castle and the Wawel Hill constitute the most historically and culturally significant site in the country. In 1978 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Centre of Kraków.
For centuries the residence of the kings of Poland and the symbol of Polish statehood, the Castle is now one of the country’s premier art museums. Established in 1930, the museum encompasses ten curatorial departments responsible for collections of paintings, including an important collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, prints, sculpture, textiles, among them the Sigismund II Augustus tapestry collection, goldsmith’s work, arms and armor, ceramics, Meissen porcelain, and period furniture. The museum’s holdings in oriental art include the largest collection of Ottoman tents in Europe. With seven specialized conservation studios, the museum is also an important center for the conservation of works of art.

IL CASTELLO DI WAVEL

La classica cartolina da Cracovia del castello di Wavel, senza dubbio l'edificio piu' imponente e fotogenico della città, sia per il suo stile, sia per la sua location sopra il fiume.
Il castello del Wawel è un edificio di Cracovia in Polonia, posto sulla collina di Wawel.
Il 19 aprile 1940 al castello di Wawel i nazionalisti dell'OUN di Stepan Bandera dichiararono la loro fedeltà al Terzo Reich davanti al governatore generale della Polonia, Hans Frank e in segno della loro buona fede, offrì 38 campane delle chiese alle fonderie tedesche.[1].
Oggi è occupato per lo più da collezioni d'arte statali.

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