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Church at Skalka, Cloth Hall, Barbican, Kazimierz Town Hall, and University of Economics are the next ones in the crosshairs. Just like in the beginning of the review, we have prepared a collection of historic facts and some awesome photographs for each of these top architecture monuments of Krakow. Don’t forget to admire the look of these sights from a bird’s eye view available in the flyover video of the architectural skyline of Krakow. After such a guide, it won’t be a hassle to make up a great plan of a real-life excursion tour in Krakow. Ready, steady, go!

Church at Skalka, Krakow

» The Church at Skalka, or the Church of St. Michael the Archangel and St. Stanislaw is the Catholic Church in Krakow located on a small hill.
» The church is one of the most famous Polish sanctuaries.
» According to legend, the name of the church comes from the fact that here in 1079 the Archbishop of Krakow, Stanislaw Holy, was killed on the order of Polish King Boleslaw II.
» The crypt under the church is the national Pantheon, the burial place for some of the most prominent Poles. At the moment 13 Polish figures of culture are buried there.
» In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI conferred the small church the title of the Basilica.

Cloth Hall, Krakow

» The Cloth Hall building is the covered shopping arcade.
» Earlier this place was a major center of international trade. Trading hall was the source of a variety of exotic goods from the East, including spices, silk, leather and wax, while Krakow itself exported textiles, lead, and salt.
» Many famous people such as Charles, Prince of Wales, and Emperor Akihito of Japan have visited the Cloth Hall.
» At the top level there is the Gallery of the Polish art of the 19th century, which is a branch of the National Museum in Krakow.

Barbican, Krakow

» Barbican is the historical landmark in Krakow; the former is the most northern part of the city walls.
» Barbican is a branch of the Krakow Historical Museum.
» Barbican was built in 1498 to protect Krakow against attacks of troops of Stephen the Great, the Ruler of the Moldavian principality.
» Walls of this structure are 3 meters thick.
» Currently indoor facilities include various museum exhibitions dedicated to Polish Championships in fencing, historical reconstructions and ballroom.

Kazimierz Town Hall, Krakow

» Kazimierz Town Hall is the historical and architectural monument located in the historic Kazimierz district of Krakow.
» The Town Hall has been built in the 14th century and was reconstructed several times in the 15th century.
» The Town Hall Tower is the only extant part of the medieval Town Hall, which was destroyed in the early 19th century.
» Since 1947, the Town Hall has being housing the Krakow Ethnographic Museum.
» Currently, the museum has a collection of 8,000 objects related to Polish and European history.

University of Economics, Krakow

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Facts: » The University of Economics in Krakow was founded in 1925.
» This university is the largest economic university in Poland.
» The library of the university is the third largest academic library in Krakow. Its rich collection of books and e-library is used not only by students, but also by scientists from around the world.
» University campus is located near the historic center of the medieval city of Krakow, and is easily accessible on foot or by public transport.
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