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Smok wawelski, or the Wawel Dragon is the statue of the dragon, which, according to a famous Polish folk tale lived in the cave under the Wawel Hill in Krakow. The dragon was plaguing the local area and eating the maidens of Krakow. Prince Krak, during whose reign the dragon appeared, offered a prize for the person who got rid of the monster. The local cobbler Skuba stuffed a sheep hide with sulphur and the dragon, who gobbled the bait, got so thirsty that it drunk and drunk so much water from the Vistula river that he burst. The modern monument of the dragon stands by the river entrance to the cave. It is a bronze cast, created by the Krakow sculptor Bronislaw Chromy and it breathes real fire (thanks to a gas burner installed inside the sculpture). The statue was created in 1972.