Florianska Street in Kraków

 

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Florianska Street is probably most famous street in Krakow and even in whole Poland. It is the most expensive one in Krakow and third most expensive in Poland (after Nowy Swiat and Chmielna Streets in Warsaw). This charming street in the Old Town is full of restaurants, cafes and shops.


It leads from the Florian Gate to the Main Market Square. It was once part of the Royal Route, along which rulers would ride on their way from Warsaw to their coronation in Krakow. Among most interesting object along the street we can mention would be Matejko's House at No. 41. Jan Matejko was a famous painter who spend most of his life here. A small museum was arranged in his house with personal memorabilia, sketches, small pictures, historical costumes from his collection, military and other objects that he painted on his historical canvases. At No. 45 there is Jama Michalika cafe, very famous one in the late 19th century and beginning of 20th century. It used to be a meeting place of artists and journalists. Its interior decoration was made by Karol Frycz in the fine Art Nouveau style. Florianska Street is lined with richly ornamented historic town houses. One of the finest is The Pod Roza Hotel with an imposing 16th century Renaissance portal.



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