The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) in Kraków

 

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The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice in Polish) is one of Krakow's most distinctive buildings. Set in the centre of the Main Market Square, the Cloth Hall replaces an earlier Gothic trade hall dating from the second half of the 14th century. The Cloth Hall, as its name suggest was once a main focus of Krakow's trade. Merchants used to meet here and discuss the state of business.


The Cloth Hall has played host to many distinguished guests over the centuries and it is still used to entertain monarchs and dignitaries to this day. Today the ground floor is filled with a selection of cafes and souvenir shops; while on the upper floor there is the Gallery of Polish Painting. The Cloth Hall is also seat of the new Department of National Museum - the Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art. On one hand the Gallery space now alludes to its nineteenth-century appearance more than it did before renovation. On the other hand, it is now a museum of twenty first century. The building has now been filled with modern technology such as multimedia room or media library.



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