Krak’s Mound in Krakow

 

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Mound of Krak is located on the top of Lasota Hill on the right bank of Vistula river in Podgorze. It is 16 meters high from its foundation. Its founders and time of creation remain unknown. According to famous chronicler Jan Dlugosz, it was built for the legendary founder of Krakow, king Krak.


He was buried on the top of the hill and his sons decided to built mound in this place to commemorate their father. Many archeological works were done here but gave no answer who and when exactly created this mound. Amongst interesting things that were found here was an oak tree that had lived over 300 years on the top of the mound before being cut, probably when Christianity was adopted in Krakow. Further into the mound was an Avar ornament, suggesting that mound was raised around the 7th century.



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