WAWEL ARRASES: Dragon Fighting with a Panther, arras from Zygmunt (Sigismund) August's collection. Wawel Castle, Kraków, Poland. Date: mid-16th century.

Tapestry with dragon fighting with a panther by Master of a loop Mark after Pieter Coecke van Aelst, ca. 1555 (PD-art/old), Zamek Królewski na Wawelu, from a set commissioned by Sigismund II Augustus

Tournament Hall at the Wawel Castle is adorned with painted freize by Hans Dürer (brother of Albrecht) from 1530 and a tondo with Madonna and Child with angels by Sandro Botticelli

Tournament Hall at the Wawel Castle is adorned with painted freize by Hans Dürer (brother of Albrecht) from 1530 and a tondo with Madonna and Child with angels by Sandro Botticelli

Wawel na widoku Krakowa, rycina w dziele G. Brauna i F. Hogenberda, Civitates Orbis Terrarum, rok 1617

Wawel na widoku Krakowa, rycina w dziele G. Brauna i F.

Envoys' Room at the Wawel Castle where the sessions of the Lower House of Parliament were held, adorned with a coffered ceiling by Sebastian Tauerbach from 1540, painted freize by Hans Dürer from 1532 and tapestries from Sigismund Augustus' collection

Envoys' Room at the Wawel Castle where the sessions of the Lower House of Parliament were held, adorned with a coffered ceiling by Sebastian Tauerbach from painted freize by Hans Dürer from 1532 and tapestries from Sigismund Augustus' collection

The Audience Hall (Sala Poselska), often called the Hall Under Heads - Wawel Castle, Kraków, Poland. Photograph taken in 1957.

The Audience Hall (Sala Poselska), often called the Hall Under Heads - Wawel Castle, Kraków, Poland.

A tournament, fragment of a painted freize in the Tournament Hall at the Wawel Castle by Hans Dürer from 1530

A tournament, fragment of a painted freize in the Tournament Hall at the Wawel Castle by Hans Dürer from 1530

View of Krakowfrom Schedls Chronicle of the World, Illustrations by Michael Wolgemut & workshop, edited 1493 in Nueremberg

View of Krakowfrom Schedls Chronicle of the World, Illustrations by Michael Wolgemut & workshop, edited 1493 in Nueremberg

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/mfour/15253119643/in/album-72157649046399920/

Wawel Castle. Krakow. /Sala Poselska, Kraków - 1962 rok

Wawel Castle. Krakow. /Sala Poselska, Kraków - 1962 rok

Sala Poselska, Kraków - 1969 rok, stare zdjęcia

Sala Poselska, Kraków - 1969 rok, stare zdjęcia

Krakau / Kraków 1536 with eastern wing  heavily destroyed by fire at Octobre 18th 1536 from Ottheinrich Travel book by unknown painter http://www.ottheinrich.info/routen/3/index.php

Krakau / Kraków 1536 with eastern wing heavily destroyed by fire at Octobre 18th 1536 from Ottheinrich Travel book by unknown painter http://www.ottheinrich.info/routen/3/index.php

Zamek Królewski na Wawelu. Sala Poselska.

Zamek Królewski na Wawelu. Sala Poselska.

The Wawel Castle's audience hall - 194 men and women of all walks of life, from the commonalty to royalty, looked down on the Polish King whenever he was receiving envoys or holding debates of state or conducting trials in the Throne Room of the Wawel Royal Castle. They are even said to have been rebuking him at times. Which seems unthinkable since their wooden heads thrust through the ceiling to merely form interior decoration with no counterpart anywhere in the world.

The Royal Chambers of the Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland

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Catherine of Saxony, Archduchess of Austria as Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family,c. 1470 Ernest,Elector of.

Zamek Królewski na Wawelu. Sala Turniejowa.

Zamek Królewski na Wawelu. Sala Turniejowa.

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