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Dragon Smok of Wawel Hill

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Wawel Hill Kraków  Poland
Wawel Hill
As a city with almost 1000 years of history, it will come as no surprise that Krakow has more than its share of legends. One of the most enduring is that of the dragon Smok who lives in the caves below Wawel Hill. The story goes that the dragon lived in the 12th century and would terrorize the local people, his only appeasement being a maiden offered to him as a sacrifice once a month. Today Smok lives on in the form of a 1970s metal sculpture on the riverside path below the castle. He even breathes fire occasionally, prompted not by the sight of a maiden, but in response to visitors texting SMOK to the number 7168.