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

Krakow 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.
Discovering the architecture of Krakow from bird's eye view! Wawel, St. Mary Church, St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Juliusz Slowacki Theatre, Divine Mercy Sanctuary, all those monuments are defining the image of Krakow … Open
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
Without a doubt, Old Krakow belongs to the most beautiful cities of not only Poland, but also the whole Europe. The beautiful metropolis, situated on the banks of the Vistula River, is known … Open
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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City tours, excursions and tickets in Krakow and surroundings

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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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Art galleries in Krakow and around
♥   Art museum 'Czartoryski Museum' Kraków, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art' Kraków, 2.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Krakow
♥   Bazylika św. Franciszka z Asyżu, Kraków, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika Przenajświętszej, Kraków, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika św. Floriana, Kraków, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kościół św. Apostołów Piotra i Pawła, Kraków, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika Najświętszego Serca Pana Jezusa, Kraków, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika Archikatedralna św. Stanisława Biskupa i męczennika i św. Wacława, Kraków, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika Bożego Ciała, Kraków, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Krakow and near

Wieliczka Salt Mine

From the series “The scariest mines in the world”
The Polish town of Velichek can boast one of the most mysterious and interesting mines in the world; local residents have managed to turn it into a work of art. This abandoned salt mine has been converted into a museum dedicated to history and culture of the town. The venue was opened in 1978. Currently, this unique cultural center is a landmark of world importance. The museum traces the history of Velichek and the history of mining. … Read further
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Culture guide to Krakow. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Krakow: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Krakow. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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