The Cathedral

St Margaret of Antioch

Legend has it that the dragon swallowed St Margaret but God saved the pious maiden. In art Margaret was usually shown with a frightful beast, sometimes even realistically the saint was depicted miraculously coming out of the dragon’s body. The worship of St Margaret was very popular in the Middle Ages.. In Cracow it began to be known probably in the late 13th century thanks to Herman of Leodium – the Rector of St Margaret’s Church in Bytom and a canon at Wawel Cathedral

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