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Wawel Royal Castle
State Art Collection

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EEA Dragon's Den

About the Project


“Preserving the Heritage of the Wawel’s Dragon’s Den”
Project Duration: May 2014–October 30 2015

The project realized under the aegis of the Program “Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage” within the EEA FM 2009–2014. 

The beneficiary was the Wawel Royal Castle – State Art Collection is. The project partner was the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU). 

The project consists of several interdisciplinary parts:
  • An exhibition, Two Faces of the Dragon, which will be accompanied by a scholarly symposium and publication
  • Scientific analysis of the statics and microclimate of the Dragon’s Den
  • Educational outreach workshops “Dragon x 3”
  • Theater workshops for disabled children
Project Cost: 953,051.90 PLN
EEA Grant: 90%
Ministry of Culture and National Heritage subsidy: 10%

Project leaders:
Grant Manager: Beata Kwiatkowska-Kopka
Financial Manager: Bożena Westen
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Project Description

 The Dragon’s Den is a cave located in the western end of the landmark Wawel Hill and one of the most interesting naturally-occurring archeological reserves in Poland. It is also the mythical home of the Wawel Dragon, a legend deeply ingrained in the cultural fabric of the region. Stewardship of the Dragon’s Den involves a multidisciplinary approach to the preservation of both the material and non-material heritage of this unique site. The interdisciplinary project “Preserving the Heritage of the Wawel’s Dragon’s Den” includes scientific study and analysis, which will serve as the basis for a conservation plan. Of equal importance are educational programs and artistic and scholarly events that address and contextualize the archaeological, iconographic, and cultural aspects of the Dragon’s Den and the legend of the Wawel Dragon.

The Partner

NILUThe Partner of the Project is NILU.
NILU (ENG: NIAR, PL: NIBP – Norwegian Institute for Air Research) has pursued an extensive number of research projects in the field of air quality and preventive conservation of cultural heritage over the last 15 years.
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Temporary exhibition
August 13 – October 10, 2015

The legend of the Wawel dragon, written down in the early 13th century by Master Wincenty (Magister Vincentius), called Kadłubek, inspired the curators – archaeologist Beata Kwiatkowska–Kopka and art historian Agnieszka Janczyk – to bring together in the exhibition archaeological artifacts and works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries.