Check out the main monuments, museums, squares, churches and attractions in our map of Krakow. Click on each icon to see what it is. To help you find your way once you get to your destination, the map you print out will have numbers on the various icons that correspond to a list with the most interesting tourist attractions.
- Location of The Main Square
- History of The Krakow Main Square
- Landmarks of The Main Square
- The Main Square Today
The Main Square in Krakow was created when the city was granted the Magdeburg rights (law of medieval cities) in 1257. The Main Square was erected on the place of previously existing primal commerce hub. It was planned as an almost regular square. There were, however, small exceptions due to the fact that in this place important buildings had already existed. St. Mary’s Basilica, at that time only a Romanesque church, is a proof of that and is located obliquely to the square. The Main Square...
The Main Square served as a primary market square in the city. The aim to create such a big market square was to make a place for all merchants, both local an coming from abroad. The Main Square was originally in the possession of a current ruler. In 1358 king Casimir III the Great renounced his rights to most of the objects on the Main Square and passed them on to the city. It was his initiative to build the Cloth Hall and the Town Hall to meet infrastructural needs of expanding commercial n...
The Main Square is visited each day by thousands of tourists. By many, it is considered the most beautiful grand square in the world. Since 1978 it has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Among the square’s landmarks are: 1. Cloth Hall, built in the 14th century as trade centre in the Main Square, now in Renaissance style with 19th-century refurbishments; 2. St. Mary’s Basilica, just as important as the Wawel Cathedral and one the most widely recognised Polish churches. From the...
Numerous cafes and restaurants on the Main Square welcome thousands of visitors each day. For the most part of the year, tables are set outside to allow admiring of the beautiful scenery. Underneath the buildings of the Main Square, there are large basements and underground passageways. Most of the basements were turned into restaurants, cafes, pubs, etc., the most famous of which is “Piwnica pod Baranami”. The Main Square is also the main venue for city events, such as Christmas markets, New...
As seen on the map below, the places of interest – museums, churches, art galleries and palaces – seem pretty scattered around the area of Krakow, but worry not! It is still possible to see the ones you have selected if you use the public transportation of Krakow in a wise way, with your KrakowCard as a ticket and good planning skills involved.
Situated by the eastern corner of the Main Market Square. The current, Gothic church is the fourth to stand on the site since the earliest, Romanesque one was built in the 13th century. The construction involved a number of stages in the 14th century, and the side chapels were only added in the first half of the 15th century.
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Jan 29, 2020 · Kraków’s oldest church sits not unlike a lost orphan at the southeast corner of the market square - a mad mix of pre-Roman, Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The earliest parts of the building date to the 11th century, thus pre-dating the Rynek and explaining its seemingly rand
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The layout of the enormous Main Market Square was drawn up when the town received urban charter according to the Magdeburg Law in 1257. It was established at an intersection of the old trade routes, on a square measuring little over 200 by 200 metres. The Polish name Rynek (“Ring”) appeared for the first time around 1300.
Oct 14, 2020 · After Tartar raids in the 13th century left the original church in a heap of ruins, St. Mary’s was rebuilt in Gothic style on the existing foundations and consecrated in 1320. In the early 15th century the towers took the iconic form they have today, when the northern tower was raised to 80m high
Accessible via tram Nos. 1, 4, 6, 8, 13, 14, 18, 20, 24 and 72 and train Nos. S1, S2 and S3 at Kraków Glówny station. The vibrant and beautiful Old Town lies at the center of Kraków and at the ...
The centerpiece of the Old Town is Krakow's Main Market Square, or Rynek, which is the largest such in Europe and has an area of 40,000 square meters. The centre of the square is dominated by the Cloth Hall, or Sukiennice, home to the Gallery of the National Museum, the new Underground Museum and numerous arts and crafts market stalls. From ...