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One of the most popular tourist attractions in Krakow - statue of the mythical dragon, located at the foot of the hill that houses Wawel Castle. The dragon is made of bronze and every few minutes it breathes real fire.

The story has it that, long time ago, a dragon took residence in a cave by Vistula river. The creature became notorious for its nasty habit of terrorising the local population with particular fondness for devouring young maidens. No wonder the people grew increasingly fed up with its antics and the king decided to announce that whoever kills the dragon will marry the king s daughter. Many brave and famous knights arrived to Krakow and tried but did not succeed. In the end it was a humble cobbler who won the competition by offering the dragon a sheep stuffed with sulphur. Having swallowed the bait the mythical reptile drank so much water from the river that it eventually exploded like an over inflated balloon. The legend maintains that the king did keep his promise and the cobbler became the next king.

The image was taken at twilight hence the distant “flames” in the sky.

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