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Sightseeing in Krakow - Cultural Sights 'Must Visit' & 'Must See'

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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.
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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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Recommended sights in Krakow (not ads):

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

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Cityguide on OrangeSmile.com - fascinating sightseeing in Krakow, Poland. The spots and sights 'must visit' and 'must see' once you are in Krakow: temples, museums, architectural and historical monuments. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the popular places of Krakow.