Old Town

 

Church of St Barbara


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Church of St Barbara bordering Plac Mariacki on the east was founded in 14th century by Mikolaj Wierzynek and was the cemetery chapel.

Church of the Holy Cross


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The Church of the Holy Cross is a small but at the same time impressive Gothic building located just next to the Julius Slowacki Theatre. The simplicity of the exterior contrasts with the rich interior where you can find beautifully coloured wall paintings and wonderful Gothic palm vault.

Wawel Hill and Wawel Castle


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Probably no other place in Poland is as Polish as Wawel Hill. It is a storehouse of Poland's national identity which keeps treasures from different periods of Polish history. It all started here when Vistulanians built a citadel. Later it was replaced by a series of buildings including the Renaissance castle and...

Planty


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Planty is Krakow's central park. It is actually a ring of greenery encircling Old Town of total length around 4 kilometers. It has one major walk with hundreds of benches. Perfect place to chill out in the shadow during hot and sunny summer days, also great place for a stroll.

Kanonicza Street


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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...

Mary Magdalene's Square (Plac sw Marii Magdaleny)


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It is a small square between Grodzka and Kanonicza Streets. It was named after a church which was pulled down in 1811. In front of the square is Church of Saints Peter and Paul, at the back is a museum of Stanislaw Wyspianski.

Church of Saints Peter and Paul


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Church of Saints Peter and Paul on Grodzka Street is separated from the street by a fence ornamented with stone figures of 12 apostles, contemporary copies of the 18th century sculptures. It is considered one of the most beautiful early Baroque churches in Poland.

Bishop's Palace


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It is the official residence of Krakow's bishops. Building was rebuilt many times in different styles. Its current look comes from the 17th century plus it was upgraded in Renaissance style in 1881 – 1884 by architect Tomasz Prylinski. Bishop's Palace was a residence of Karol Wojtyla when he was archbishop (later...

Franciscan Church


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Grodzka Street is crossed by All Saints Square (Plac Wszystkich Swietych). On its corner with Franciszkanska Street stands the Franciscan Church – one of the oldest churches in Krakow. First works were started in 1255, but its current appearance comes more from the time it was rebuilt in 1436 in Gothic style.

Grodzka Street


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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.

Collegium Novum


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Collegium Novum is the main building of Jagiellonian University in Krakow and also its administrative centre. This oldest university in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe, employs nearly 500 professors and has more than 40,000 students.

Collegium Maius


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Jagiellonian University grew from the Krakow Academy established by King Kazimierz the Great in 1364. Collegium Maius was the first building of the Jagiellonian University of Krakow founded in 1400 and purchased by King Jagiello. Fragment of this large limestone building survived on the corner of Sw Anny Street and...

Dominican Church


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Dominican Church was built in the second half of the 13th century. It was rebuilt many times in 14th century but until today remained as a magnificent Gothic building. Some of its mortuary chapels were made in Renaissance and Baroque style with beautiful rich decorations and furnishings.

Church of St Anne


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This collegiate church was erected in 1689-1703 and designed by the architect Tylman van Gameren. It replaced the former Gothic church built here in 1407 by King Wladyslaw Jagiello. New church had an imposing Baroque facade and two towers. Works on the decoration and interior lasted for a long time.

Piarist Church


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Piarist Church is one of the youngest churches in Krakow Old Town. It was designed by an architect and Krakow's mayor Kacper Bazanka. Work began in 1714 and resulted in graceful late Baroque church with a later Rococo facade which stands on the corner of St Jana and Pijarska Street.

Szczepanski Square (Plac Szczepanski)


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Szczepanski Square used to be full of cars and always served as a parking place with great location, so close to Main Market. However in 2010 when some renovation works finished, square gained absolutely new design with a small and nice fountain and some benches to sit for a while and chill.

Slowacki Theatre


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When you walk from Krakow train station toward Old Town, suddenly in the Planty ring (just off Szpitalna Street), on your left a huge, imposing building will show up. This neo-Baroque construction is the Slowacki Theatre.

Matejko Square (Plac Matejki)


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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.

Barbican


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Krakow's barbican is the largest in Central Europe and one of very few which survived in such a good condition. Its red-brick walls are 3 meters thick. Barbican was built in 1498-1499 in order to strengthen the second ring of walls that surrounded the city.

Florian Gate


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For hundreds of years the Florian Gate was the main gate to Krakow, guarding the entrance to the city from the north. Together with a section of the city walls and three towers, it is one of the few surviving remnants of the city's medieval fortifications.

Florianska Street


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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.

Small Market Square (Maly Rynek)


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Small Market was originally the Butcher's Market, filled with numerous rows of stalls selling meat and fish. In the 18th century it was transformed into vegetable and fruit market. In 1903, the stalls were removed to make a room for tram tracks. However tram tracks were here only until 1953.

Mariacki Square (Plac Mariacki)


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Mariacki Square is the one right next to the Church of St Mary which almost connect with Main Market Square. It actually contains of two small, quiet courtyards. Square was created after 1802, it replaced the cemetery of the St Mary's Church which existed here before.

Palace Under the Sign of the Rams


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Palace Under the Sign of the Rams (Palac Pod Baranami) is situated on the Main Market Square between St Anny and Szewska Streets. This special name of the palace has origin in its history. According to tradition, in medieval times, there used to be a public house here with rams prepared for selling to inhabitants...

City Hall Tower


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Krakow's City Hall was built around 1300 as a low, square building with a single taller tower. The Gothic tower is the only remaining part of the former city hall as it was pulled down in the first half of the 19th century.

Church of St Mary


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The imposing Church of Saint Mary was built by the citizens of Krakow to rival the Royal Cathedral on Wawel Hill. Its silhouette dominates the Main Market and is one of the best recognized landmarks of the city. It is a typical Gothic structure made of red brick and pale limestone.

Church of St Wojciech (St Adalbert's Church)


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The Church of St Wojciech is a small, tiny, almost cubical, splendid church located in the south – eastern corner of the Main Market Square, in front of Grodzka Street. Its orientation lines up with that of St Mary's Church which means it is older than the planning of the vast Main Market Square.

Monument to Adam Mickiewicz


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Adam Mickiewicz was one of the greatest Polish poets of all times. His poem “Pan Tadeusz” is considered to be the Polish national epic. This monument was created in 1898, on the 100th anniversary of Mickiewicz's birth.

The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)


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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....

Main Market Square


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Main Market Square is one of the largest and oldest squares in Europe. It was laid out when Krakow received its new municipal charter in 1257. This spacious square is also surrounded by tall townhouses and palaces but its most famous monument is the Church of St Mary.

Old Town


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(Stare Miasto in Polish) is the oldest and most important district of Krakow. Krakow has been the seat of kings, archbishops, monks, magnates and merchants for a thousand years and the history left its trail. Each generation has added treasures to the city, leaving the visitor with an embarrassment of cultural...

Church of St Wojciech (St Adalbert's Church)


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The Church of St Wojciech is a small, tiny, almost cubical, splendid church located in the south – eastern corner of the Main Market Square, in front of Grodzka Street. Its orientation lines up with that of St Mary's Church which means it is older than the planning of the vast Main Market Square.
 
 
 

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