|Our group with a model of the Wawel in front and the real Wawel in the back.|
One person you will meet all over the place is Karol Vojtyla better known as Pope Jan Pawel II. He was educated in Krakow where he worked as a priest and archbishop before he was elected pope in 1978. Many, even Catholics, criticize Karol Vojtyla's conservatism but they admit that his stubbornness in questions of faith gave a final blow to the communist bloc. Today I learned that Pope John Paul II will be canonized this year.
|Vojtyla greeting the visitor from a window.|
|Young Pawel's pew in the Dominican church.|
The highlight of a trip to Krakow is a visit to the Wawel, the former royal palace.
|At the entrance of the Wawel a statue of Jan Pawel II|
|View of the Wawel in the rain.|
|The inner court|
|A cultural highlight is exhibited at the Wawel.|
|Governor Frank's seat, his addition to the Wawel in Nazi style.|
|Governor Frank's proclamation.|
|Winter pleasures in occupied Krakow.|
|Young Vojtyla in occupied Krakow|
On the other hand, the Golden Age was the time of a relatively untroubled Jewish community living in their quarter Kazimierz. Nine synagogues bear witness to their rich religious and cultural life.
|Kazimierz today. Our group stayed in the Ester Hotel.|
|Entrance to the Jewish ghetto |
with the infamous streetcar number 3 running through.
|The old (stara) synagogue just across from our hotel.|
|Another Krakow highlight is the bugler blowing his horn every hour in wind and rain |
from the steeple of St Mary's Church. You can barely discern his trumpet at the open window.