City Hall Tower in Kraków


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Krakow's City Hall was built around 1300 as a low, square building with a single taller tower. The Gothic tower is the only remaining part of the former city hall as it was pulled down in the first half of the 19th century.

The tower is crowned by a Baroque cupola that dominates the Main Market Square. The upper storeys of the tower are today a part of the Historical Museum. Entrance is through the stairway flanked with two stone lions. Legend says that if a virtuous maiden sits on their backs, the lions will roar. The interiors of the tower retain many Gothic features. In the basement, a cafe was opened recently.

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