• Having risen to prominence as a thriving medieval market town, Krakow was destroyed twice by Mongols and then again by Tatars in the 13th century. The city’s first cultural heyday arrived soon after, when King Kazimierz the Great commissioned some of the city’s finest architecture, and established Jagiellonian University in 1364, making the city a cradle for Polish art and literature.

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