Krakus Mound

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Coordinates: 50°02′18″N 19°57′30″E / 50.03833°N 19.95833°E / 50.03833; 19.95833

Krakus' Mound

Krakus Mound (Polish: Kopiec Krakusa) is a tumulus located in the Podgórze district of Kraków, Poland; assumed to be the resting place of the legendary prince Krakus. It is located on Lasota Hill, approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) south of the city centre, at an altitude of 271 metres (889 ft), with the base diameter of 60 metres (197 ft) and the height of 16 metres (52 ft).[1]

The age and the original purpose of the mound remain a mystery. Excavations conducted in mid-1930s revealed that the mound consists of a solid wooden core covered with soil and turf. Some artifacts dating from between the 8th and 10th centuries were found inside, but no human remains were discovered. According to another hypothesis the mound is of Celtic origin and dates from the 2nd-1st century BCE.[2]

For many years until mid-1830s a folk festival was held annually on the first Tuesday after Easter on the slopes of the Krakus Mound. It's been revived in 2000s and is being held annually again.

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  1. ^ The Krakus Mound monument in Podgorze, Krakow, at www.cracowonline.com
  2. ^ Krakow Mounds, Kraków, Poland at Sacred Destinations, 2009