Wawel Hill, with the Cathedral and the Royal Castle, is the most picturesque and recognizable landmark in Krakow. Some of its oldest stone buildings date back to 10th century. Until 1611 Wawel was the formal seat of the Polish monarchy – it was the venue for coronations as well as royal weddings and funerals. According to local legends, in a cave at the foot of the hill, on the bank of the Vistula River, the Wawel Dragon once had his lair. Nowadays the Wawel Dragon Statue is a common tourist stop.