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Culture of Krakow. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Krakow - Sukiennice The legendary Krakow Market Square remains the permanent symbol of the city. The square was founded back in medieval times. This is also the largest square in Europe. Market Square has a square shape and the length of its sides estimates 200 meters. On the square is located kostel sv. Vojtěcha, the construction of which took place in the end of the 11th century, as well as ruins of the old town hall, which was destroyed more than 600 years ago.
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Barbican Castle is one of the famous historical attractions of this place. The castle is one of three most beautiful fortifications in Europe. Despite the fact the caste has survived in many battles, it is preserved perfectly and the building never ceases to amaze visitors with its power and majesty. Florian's Gate is another outstanding historical monument. It was built in 1307. Initially, the gate was a part of a large-scale defense complex. Besides the gates only a portion of the adjacent tower has survived till our days.
There are many notable religious buildings in Krakow. Church of the Holy Cross, built in the 14th century, is surely among them. The halls of this beautiful Gothic building are decorated with hand-painted pictures, made by the legendary monk Stanisław Samostrzelnik. Don’t forget to visit Zygmunt Chapel, near which you will find the graves of great Polish kings. The legendary Wawel Hill remains one of the main symbols of Krakow. According to an ancient legend, once a dragon lived on this hill, but it was defeated by Prince Krak. An ancient cave has survived on the hill. In the past this cave has been the dragon's lair. You will also find a beautiful palace complex and an old church nearby. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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St. Mary's Basilica is another important sight. The construction of the temple took place in the middle of the 14th century. Now its halls are home to several important religious artifacts. Here you can see a beautiful wooden altar, which was brought to the church immediately after its opening. From the height of the church’s tower you will be able to enjoy beautiful views of the city. It is believed that several centuries ago a trumpeter, who was on duty on the tower, was the first one to see the approaching army of Tatars, so he notified all residents of the danger. These are only a few historical monuments that are worth visiting by the guests of Krakow.
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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.

St. Mary Church, Krakow

» The St. Mary Church or the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Catholic church that is an example of Gothic architecture. In 1962 it received the title of the minor basilica by Vatican.
» The Church has two towers. Every hour Mary's heynal (time signal) is heard from the higher tower, which is one of the symbols of Krakow.
» The church facade is decorated with 21 sculptured figures.
» The church houses two particularly important works of art of medieval Europe: the altar and Vita Stwosza crucifix.
» Shackles are mounted at the entrance to the church, which were once used for criminals.

St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Krakow

» The St. Peter and St. Paul Church was the first construction on the territory of Poland built in Baroque style.
» The church is famous for its figures of the twelve apostles standing at the entrance to the shrine.
» The high altar of the church built in Baroque style in 1785 is particularly notable.
» Inside the church there is the longest Foucault pendulum in Poland, the movement of which shows the daily rotation of the Earth.
» The church regularly hosts concerts of sacred music, and the patio is a usual venue for theatrical performances and art exhibitions.

Divine Mercy Sanctuary, Krakow

» The Divine Mercy Sanctuary is the serving Roman Catholic Church in Krakow.
» Two of the Pope visited the shrine, and millions of pilgrims from all over the world continue to come there every year.
» Currently, the sanctuary can accommodate about 5,000 people.
» Some cases of people healed after they have visited this church are known.

Tempel Synagogue, Krakow

» The Tempel Synagogue is one of the last built in the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz in 1862.
»  It was built with the money of wealthy city residents who assimilated into Polish and German culture and preached a more progressive form of services. When the organ sounded in the synagogue, women could sit next to each other with men, praying in Hebrew, Polish and German.
»  The synagogue changed its appearance both externally and internally many times. The pre-war changes were conducted under the direction of the architect Benjamin Torbego and survived until today.
»  During the German occupation, a hoarse stable and an ammunition depot were placed in the synagogue, which caused damage to the interior.
» In peacetime, the interiors of the prayer house were restored from the surviving photographs and archival data.
»  Tourists are delighted with the unusual decoration of the synagogue, bright stained-glass windows and gold painting.
»  Now the services are made extremely rare. Entry for the Jews is free of charge.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Krakow

Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny)
Wawel Hill, The Royal Castle and Cathedral
St Adalbert’s Church
Where: ul. Sw. Wojciecha 11, Krakow;
St Mary’s Church
Where: Market Square, Krakow;
Town Hall Tower
Where: Rynek Glowny, Krakow;
Old Synagogue
Where: Ulica Szeroka 24, Krakow; Telephone: +48 (0)12 422 09 62;
Czartoryski Museum
Where: Ulica sw Jana 19, Krakow; Telephone: +48 (0)12 422 55 66;
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps
The Florian Gate
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