Sigismund Bell is a resounding symbol of Polish nationalism. The largest of five bells hanging in the tower, Sigismund's Bell weighs about 10 tonnes. The bronze bell was cast in 1520 by the order of King Sigismund I and is adorned in reliefs of St. Stanislav and St. Sigismund as well as the coat of arms of Poland and Lithuania.
The Bell ring on religious and national holidays, as well as significant moments in history (most recently the funeral of former President Lech Kaczyński and his wife). The bell's peal can be heard 50km away and is quite an enterprise to ring, requiring the strength of twelve strong men.
The entrance to Sigismund Belltower is within the Cathedral and tickets (good for the Royal Crypts as well) are purchased at the ticket office across from the Cathedral's main entrance.
The Royal Sigismund Bell (Polish: Krolewski Dzwon Zygmunt or Dzwon Zygmunta) is the largest of the five bells hanging in the Sigismund Tower of the Wawel Cathedral in the Polish city of Krakow. It was cast in 1520 by Hans Behem and named after King Sigismund I of Poland, who commissioned it. The bell weighs almost 13 tonnes (28 thousand pounds) and requires 12 bell-ringers to swing it. It tolls on special occasions, mostly religious and national holidays, and is regarded as one of Poland's national symbols.