Thursday, April 11, 2013

Italy in Poland

Courtyard Balconies, Wawel Castle, Krakow, Poland  
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film)

Dating from the 14th century, the royal castle of Wawel Hill was where Poland's rulers lived until the early 20th century. It was originally designed in the Gothic style, but was later renovated as a Renaissance palace. You can see the influence of Italian architects in these arched and balustraded balconies.

Wawel Hill has a long and fascinating history, including human settlement dating back to the Paleolithic Age, a legendary dragon, and the location of one of the world's most powerful chakras (spiritual energies).

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