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The Royal Arch-cathedral Basilica of Saints Stanislaus and Wenceslaus on the Wawel Hill also known as the Wawel Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church and Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Krakow located in Krakow, Poland. More than 900 years old, it is the Polish national sanctuary and traditionally has served as coronation site of the Polish monarchs.

Karol Wojtyla, who in 1978 became Pope John Paul II, the day after his ordination to the priesthood offered his first Mass as a priest in the Crypt of the Cathedral on 2 November 1946, and was ordained Krakow's auxiliary bishop in the Cathedral on 28 September 1958.

The current, Gothic cathedral, is the third edifice on this site: the first was constructed and destroyed in the 11th century, the second one, constructed in the 12th century, was destroyed by a fire in 1305. The construction of the current one began in the 14th century on the orders of bishop Nanker.

I will quote below a few words from famous two Polish people: Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), and Stanislaw Wyspiański author of “Wyzwolenie” (“Liberation” in English) theater play from 1902) about Wawel Cathedral.

“We are all well aware that to enter this Cathedral can not be without emotion. More I say, you can not enter it without the internal tremor, without fear because it contains in it – as in almost no Cathedral of the world – the enormous size, which speaks to us in all our history, our entire past.”

Cardinal of Krakow Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II)
8 March 1964

“Here, everything is Poland, every stone and every little thing. Whoever enters it, becomes himself part of Poland, part of its construction. Here we add a measure to his body – and only now, within these walls, are we Poland ourselves.”

Stanislaw Wyspianski
Words from drama “Wyzwolenie” (“Liberation” in English) created in 1902.

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