Wanda’s Mound in Krakow

 

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It is one of 4 still standing mounds in Krakow. According to the legend it is a burial mound of Wanda – daughter of King Krak (legendary founder of Krakow). It is said that Queen Wanda ruled Krakow after her two brothers killed each other in a dispute over the throne.


Wanda's Mound is approximately of the same age as Krak's Mound. However the serious archaeological investigation has never been made here. Wanda's Mound is 14 meters high from its foundation and on its top there is a monument with a red marble base and a white eagle designed by Jan Matejko. The most famous legend about Wanda says she ones refused offer of marriage with German Prince Rytgier. When he decided to take Krakow by force, Wanda promised God to sacrifice her life if God helps the citizens of Krakow to win the battle and defend the city. As her army was victorious, Wanda jumped into Vistula river and drowned.



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