Grodzka Street in Kraków

 

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This picturesque, winding street is a historic Royal Way which leads from the Main Market Square to the Wawel Castle. There are many interesting buildings along the street. At No. 53 is the cloistered courtyard of the Collegium luridicum which is a law college founded in the 15th century and rebuilt in 1718.


Nearby is the Romanesque Church of St Andrew, built in 13th century. It is a rare surviving example of the European fortress church used for defensive purposes. It is also one of the best-preserved Romanesque buildings in Poland. The walls of the latter conceal an earlier, late 11th century building. The adjacent Baroque building is the former Catholic Church of St. Martin. It was built in 1637 - 1640 for the Discalced Carmelites but today is own by the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession. Worth visiting is also the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. Besides numerous churches and historical buildings, Grodzka Street has also many restaurants and cafes as well as exclusive shops which make it attractive not only for tourists interested in history but also for citizens of Krakow simply looking for a good time.



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