The Cathedral

Vicar’s Tower

The cathedral’s southern tower, raised to a quite high level in carefully processed limestone ashlars, is the only remnant of the Romanesque cathedral, along with St Leonard’s Crypt.. In the third quarter of the 14th century the higher part was built up in brick and, around 1530, it was topped with a magnificent late-Gothic spire, which can be seen in the earliest views of Wawel.

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