Matejko Square (Plac Matejki) in Kraków


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This popular Cracovian square was laid out at the end of the 19th century. The Church of St. Florian on the corner of Warszawska Street is considerably older. Its present appearance is the result of frequent rebuilding- the original church was built in the early 13th century.

The Acedemy of Fine Arts at No. 13 designed by Maciej Moraczewski and built in 1879-1880 is very impressive. The best known object on the square is however the Grunwald Monument situated in the very centre. It was unveiled in 1910 to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald – one of the most important battles in history of Poland, when Polish army defeated Teutonic Knights' army. On the top of monument there is a huge sculpture of Wladyslaw Jagiello – Polish king and chief commander of army during the victorious battle of Grunwald in 1410.

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