Sarcophagus of Jagiełło

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Dogs and falcons

Animals featured on the base of the sarcophagus are related to court culture of in which hunting played a particularly important role. Jan Długosz testifies that King Władysław Jagiełło was a keen hunter, and even more so, the chronicler accuses him of obsessively seeking entertainment in the woods and forests.

We are all well aware that to enter this Cathedral can not be without emotion. More I say, you can not enter it without the internal tremor, without fear because it contains in it - as in almost no Cathedral of the world - the enormous size, which speaks to us in all our history, our entire past.

cardinal Karol Wojtyla
8 March 1964