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Kraków is one of the largest and oldest cities in Poland,
with a population of 756,336 in 2007 (1,403,247 in the Kraków-Tarnów sub-region).
Situated on the Vistula river in the Lesser Poland region,
the city dates back to the 7th century.
It was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1596, the capital of the
Grand Duchy of Kraków from 1846 to 1918, and the capital of
Kraków Voivodeship from the 14th century to 1999.
It is now the capital of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.
Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish scientific,
cultural and artistic life.
As the former national capital with a history encompassing more than a
thousand years, the city remains the spiritual heart of Poland.
It is a major attraction for local and international tourists, attracting
seven million visitors annually.
Famous landmarks include the Main Market Square with St. Mary's Basilica
and the Sukiennice Cloth Hall, the Wawel Castle, the National Art Museum,
the Zygmunt Bell at the Wawel Cathedral, and the medieval St Florian's Gate
with the Barbican along the Royal Coronation Route.
In 1978, UNESCO added Kraków's historic centre, which includes the Old Town,
Kazimierz and the Wawel Castle to the list of World Heritage Sites.
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