The Lost Wawel and the Church of Saint Gereon

Hours and Tickets

GUIDED TOUR ONLY
Tuesday-Sunday

individual entry times - ask at the ticket window for availability

admission:

regular 30 PLN, reduced 20 PLN

This unique exhibition combines an archaeological and architectural preserve with a display of architectural elements from various periods. The preserve encompasses relics of the oldest buildings on Wawel Hill such as the Pre-Romanesque Rotunda of SS. Felix and Adauctus (alternatively Rotunda of the Blessed Virgin Mary), the early-modern coach house, and Renaissance kitchens.
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The Lost Wawel and the Church of Saint Gereon
The Rotunda of SS. Felix and Adauctus (Rotunda of the Blessed Virgin Mary), which dates from the 10th/11th century, is the most important site in the preserve. Built directly on the exposed limestone, the surviving remains are 3 to 7 meters high. The rotunda is built on a quatrefoil plan out of sandstone slabs bound with pure lime.
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The Lost Wawel
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Objects discovered in archaeological excavations on Wawel Hill are displayed in the chambers of the former coach house. Material traces of everyday life in the Middle Ages, such as shoes, buckles, pots, and tools among others, are grouped together by their constituent materials. Plaster casts and architectural details which correspond to models of medieval buildings provide context. One of the most intriguing objects on view is a tomb slab carved with an image of the Tree of Life. It comes from a bi-apsidal pre-Romanesque rotunda (known as church B).
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Royal Coach House
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Parts of the 16th-century royal kitch-ens are preserved in this chamber: foundations of the pillars that supported stove hoods, remnants of ovens, and the original ceramic tile floor. Late medieval ceramics, such as kitchen vessels, tableware, floor and stove tiles, are displayed in glass cases. Also on view are models of the 15th-century psalm singers house founded by Jan Długosz and the 14th-century Gothic cathedral.
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Small Kitchen
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The lapidarium is a collection of stone sculptures and architectural details recovered over the past 100 years in the course of restoration work and archaeological excavations. They illustrate the transformations that the historic buildings on Wawel Hill have undergone.
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Lapidarium
The objects are arranged in thematic groupings: architectural elements from the Arcaded Courtyard; fragments of stonework from the royal palace and lower terrace of the royal gardens; and sculpture and stonework from the Wawel Cathedral.
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Lapidarium
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One of the finest examples of Italian Renaissance architecture north of the Alps, the Wawel Cathedral’s Sigismund Chapel is, can only be viewed through a bronze grille. A display of plaster casts of the Chapel’s carved stone decoration provides a unique opportunity to see these splendid ornamental details up close.
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Lapidarium
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The beautifully decorated 16th–17th century tiles in the collection come from ceramic heating stoves once found in the royal castle. It is the most valuable ensemble of its kind in Poland. Models of tile stoves are also on view.
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Tile Room
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The archaeological and architectural reserve located beneath the west wing of the Renaissance castle encompasses the relics of the Romanesque church of Saint Gereon and the Gothic church of Saint Mary of Egypt, as well as an ensemble of Romanesque architectural details.
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The Church of Saint Gereon
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