Krakow, city of contrasts

The Wawel Royal Castle. It is the symbol of the Polish imperial state and has now been converted into a museum.

The main market square. It is one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe.

Cloth Hall, the centrepiece of the main market square.

The "Lady with an ermine". This painting by Leonardo da Vinci is currently on display in Wawel on loan from the Czartoryski Museum, which is also in Krakow.

Oskar Schindler's office, a reconstruction at the museum that was once his factory.

The faces of some of the people in Schindler's list.

Schindler's factory, now a museum.

The Empty Chairs Memorial. It is a haunting tram square called Plac Bohaterow Getta with 70 empty bronze chairs strewn across it to mark the many Jews who were taken away from there.

The original wall of the Krakow ghetto.

The ghetto wall as reproduced in the Schindler factory museum.

Outside the building housing Europe's first bookshop.

Remuh Synagogue, one of two active synagogues in Kazimierz today.

The Wailing Wall built entirely of tombstones near Remuh Synagogue.

Polish cheese, a delicacy.

Polish toys, which are available at Cloth Hall.

Giant mushrooms on sale in the market.

The altar at St. Mary's Basilica, the largest Gothic altar in the world.

An engraving in St. Mary's Basilica, a splendid example of baroque art.

A passage inside Krakow's famous underground salt mine, Kopalnia Soli Wieliczka, at a depth of 327 metres.

Inside the salt mine, statues made of salt showing a Polish king offering a handful of salt to his would-be bride.

A mural in the underground market museum depicting traders engaged in commerce.

Inside the salt mine, a chandelier made of salt.

"The Last Supper" in salt in the salt mine.

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The Wawel Royal Castle. It is the symbol of the Polish imperial state and has now been converted into a museum.
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