Kanonicza Street in Kraków

 

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Kanonicza Street is named after the canons – priests managing the Cathedral, who once had their houses here. It used to be a street of small village Okol, which was joined to Krakow in 1401. Most of the houses were built in Middle Ages, but remodeled or reconstructed in later styles in Renaissance and Baroque periods.


Many beautiful tenements survived here until today, creating one of the most picturesque streets in Krakow. Worth mentioning is the Deanery at No. 21 with its monumental portal, arcaded courtyard and mysterious decoration of the facade. Deanery was rebuilt by Italian architect, Santi Gucci. It was here where Pope John Paul II lived in the 1960s. Right next to it at No. 19 there is a Archdiocesan Museum with many precious artifacts. On Kanonicza Street you will also find Ukrainian Art Gallery and Cricoteka – home of famous avantgarde theatre group founded in 1956. At No. 16 there is a Krakow's most luxurious and most expensive Hotel Copernicus, owned by well known in Krakow, Likus family. Hotel has a small terrace above its apartments with beautiful view of Wawel Castle.



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