Monument of Dragon Wawel in Krakow

 

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Just outside the Dragon’s Den, which is located in the western slope of Wawel Hill, there is the dragon himself in the form of a sculpture by Bronisław Chromy (1963). The Wawel dragon is the most famous dragon in Poland and is well known to every Polish child.


As the legend has it, a dragon lived under the Wawel Hill and ate sheep, cattle and virgins. The wise king invited brave knights to kill the dragon, however, they failed. Eventually, a poor cobbler’s apprentice Dratewka filled a sheepskin with sulphur and salt, sewed it up and placed it outside the cave. The dragon ate it and in a desperate try to quench his thirst he drank too much water from the Vistula river and, as a result, died. Dratewka married Wanda and they lived happily ever after. During the warmer months, a gas jet inside the dragon's mouth bursts into flame once a minute.



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