Wawel Dragon Statue, Kraków, Poland, August 2022
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The Wawel Dragon Statue (Pomnik Smoka Wawelskiego) is a monument and a popular tourist attraction at the foot of the Wawel Hill in Kraków, in front of the Wawel Dragon's den (Smocza Jama). It illustrates a local foundation legend, where the city founded by king Krak was plagued by a dragon, until it was defeated by guile. Several versions of the story exist.
The bronze statue was completed in 1969 by Polish sculptor Bronisław Chromy and installed in its present location in 1972. The statue can breathe fire on demand; it does so every 5 minutes, and can also be triggered by texting.