Poland`s second-largest city, Krakow is used to being an important player on the world stage. Centuries ago, Krakow flourished as one of the largest trading centers in Europe. With trade came academia, and Krakow became an epicenter of knowledge and culture. Nicolaus Copernicus studied in Krakow and went on to present to the world his model of heliocentrism -- the intelligentsia from Krakow were literally changing the way we viewed the world.
Tourism to Krakow has increased exponentially in the past few decades, especially after the Old Town was named to UNESCO`s inaugural World Heritage Site list, and longtime Krakow resident Cardinal Karol Wojtyla acceded to the papacy, becoming the first-ever Polish pope. Now that millions of people pass through Krakow every year, learning its unique tale, the city is arguably more important and influential than ever.
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