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Sigismund III Vasa (Polish: Zygmunt III Waza, Lithuanian: Žygimantas Vaza; 20 June 1566 – 30 April 1632) was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1587 to 1632 and, as Sigismund, King of Sweden and Grand Duke of Finland from 1592 to 1599. He was the first Polish sovereign from the House of Vasa. Religiously zealous, he imposed Roman Catholicism across the vast realm, and his crusades against neighbouring states marked Poland's largest territorial expansion. As an enlightened despot, he presided over an era of prosperity and achievement, further distinguished by the transfer of the country's capital from Kraków to Warsaw.
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King of Poland
Grand Duke of Lithuania:

Reign: 19 August 1587 – 30 April 1632
Coronation: 27 December 1587
Predecessor: Anna Jagiellon and Stephen Báthory
Successor: Władysław IV

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Reign: 17 November 1592 – 24 July 1598
Coronation: 19 February 1594
Predecessor: John III
Successor: Charles IX

Born: 20 June 1566. Gripsholm, Mariefred, Sweden
Died: 30 April 1632 (aged 65)
Warsaw, Poland
Burial: 4 February 1633
Wawel Cathedral, Kraków
Anne of Austria
​(m. 1592; died 1598)​
Constance of Austria
​(m. 1605; died 1631)​
House: Vasa
Father: John III of Sweden
Mother: Catherine Jagiellon
Religion: Roman Catholicism

Children by first marriage to Anne of Austria (1573–1598):
  1. Anne Marie (Polish: Anna Maria; 23 May 1593 – 9 February 1600)
  2. Catherine (Polish: Katarzyna; May 1594 – June 1594)
  3. Ladislaus (Polish: Władysław; 9 June 1595 – 20 May 1648), reigned 1632–1648 as Władysław IV
  4. Catherine (Polish: Katarzyna; 27 September 1596 – June 1597)
  5. Christopher (Polish: Krzysztof; 10 February 1598)

Children from second marriage to Constance of Austria (1588–1631):
  1. John Casimir (Polish: Jan Kazimierz; 25 December 1607 – 14 January 1608)
  2. John Casimir (Polish: Jan Kazimierz; 22 March 1609 – 16 December 1672), reigned 1648–1668 as John II Casimir
  3. John Albert (Polish: Jan Albert/Olbracht; 25 May 1612 – 22 December 1634)
  4. Charles Ferdinand (Polish: Karol Ferdynand; 13 October 1613 – 9 May 1655)
  5. Alexander Charles (Polish: Aleksander Karol; 4 November 1614 – 19 November 1634)
  6. Anna Constance (Polish: Anna Konstancja; 26 January 1616 – 24 May 1616)
  7. Anna Catherine Constance (Polish: Anna Katarzyna Konstancja; 7 August 1619 – 8 October 1651), the first wife of Philip William, Elector Palatine.

Anne of Austria (16 August 1573 – 10 February 1598) was Queen of Poland and Sweden as the first consort of King Sigismund III Vasa.
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Constance of Austria (24 December 1588 – 10 July 1631) was Queen of Poland as the second wife of King Sigismund III Vasa and the mother of King John II Casimir.
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Did King Sigismund III move the capital of Poland from Krakow to Warsaw?
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