Rynek Glowny

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Rynek Glowny, Krakow, Poland
Rynek Glowny - Pigeons at the square
Rynek Glowny - The Adam Mickiewicz statue at the Rynek Glowny
Rynek Glowny - The Adam Mickiewicz statue at the Rynek Glowny
Rynek Glowny - The Adam Mickiewicz statue at the Rynek Glowny

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Maurizioago Maurizio…
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The main square. Jan 23, 2017
Rynek Glowny is the largest Medieval square in Poland. It's surrounded by many old palaces, cafes, shops and restaurants.

The highlights of this square are the church of S. Mary that was built between 1287 and 1320 on the remains of a Romanesque church. The present construction is a result of a restoration made at the end of the XIX century.

In the middle of the square the long building you see is the Sukiennice (cloth hall). It was originally built in the 14th century as a center for the cloth trade. It was destroyed by fire in 1555 and rebuilt in the Renaissance style with alterations made in the 19th century.

Besides this building you see what remains of the old town hall; the tower. The 14th century town hall was pulled down in the 1820's.

On a corner of this square lies the small church of S. Adalbert. It was built the X century and was reconstructed between 1611 and 1618.

This square serves also as a place for open air events.
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Pearl510 Pearl510
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The main square of Krakow's old town Jul 13, 2008
The Rynek Glowny is the old town's square of Krakow, in the heart of the city. It is simply impossible to miss out on. As I wrote in my blog I find the square a bit too crowded and messy. Not because it is dirty but because all the buildings are standing criss cross around the place. Yet the square is one of the biggest in Europe and full of historical buildings of tremendous architectural value. Most of Krakow got out of world war II unharmed and so the majority of the buildings here are, unlike those in Warsaw, still the original ones.

The whole old town of Krakow is on the UNESCO inheritance list, and so also the Rynek Glowny and the buildings on it. The square exists already since 1257 and is 200 meters wide in both directions. It is a meeting point for many local people, as well as the departure place for horse carriages and tourists vehicles touring through the city. You'll also find many bars, restaurants, terraces and shops around this place, as well as many, many pigeons.

Rynek Glowny used to be lower in the old days. At some places the square was lifted more than 5 meters. The graveyard in front of the Maria Basilica was covered, and under the square there are therefore many cellars. Most of them are now occupied by the restaurants and bars surrounding it.

You'll find the most important attractions of Krakow here at the square, such as the Sukiennice, the Maria Basilica, and the tower.
The Adam Mickiewicz statue at the …
Pigeons at the square
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