Wikipedia - Poland is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north. The culture of Poland is closely connected with its intricate 1000 year history. Its unique character developed as a result of its geography at the confluence of European cultures. The people of Poland have traditionally been seen as hospitable to artists from abroad and eager to follow cultural and artistic trends popular in other countries.
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Top Ten Crazy Cracow Facts
1. Krakow is one of the largest and oldest cities in Poland dating back to the 7th century.
2. Krakow is also known as the city of churches because of its abundance of historic temples, monasteries and convents.
3. The city's full official name, used on ceremonial occasions, is Królewskie Stołeczne Miasto Krakó meaning Royal Capital City of Kraków.
4. The Cracovian Marathon, held annually in the city since 2002, has over a thousand participants from 24 different countries.
5. The old town of Krakow is home to around 6 thousand historic sites.
6. While filming Schindler’s List in Krakow, many holocaust survivors approached Steven Spielberg wanting to share their stories with him. He started the Shoah Foundation to document the survivor and witness testimonies of over 52,000 people in 56 countries and in 32 languages. Interviewees included Jewish survivors, Jehovah's Witness survivors, homosexual survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti (Gypsy) survivors, survivors of Eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants
7. Krakow has 11 university and academy level institutions with over 170,000 students and around 10,000 faculty members.
8. Planty Park, established between 1822-1830, forms a beautiful and serene green belt around the old town.
9. The bones of the legendary Wawel dragon are on display at the entrance to the Wawel Cathedral.
10. When Poland was invaded in 1939, the Nazi’s turned Krakow into the capital of the General Government and sent over 180 of their university professor and
academics to concentration camps.