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Krakow (Cracow) City Guide - Things to See
Krakow was untouched by bombs and destruction during World War 2. The city is full of medieval charm on every street. It is Poland's most beautiful city.

Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny): This is a great place to sit and watch the people... and is one of the largest squares in Europe, and the center of Krakow's life. Most buildings were built between the 14th and 16th centuries. The huge white and brown building is the Clothier's Hall. The Church of the Virgin is opposite and is known for the magnificent altarpiece carved over 500 years ago. Diagonally across from the church is the Old Town Hall Tower, the only remainder of the town hall demolished in 1820. The tower now houses a branch of the National Museum. You will enter the Market Square area through St. Florian's Gate, which along with some town walls, are all that remain of the medieval fortifications. There's excellent shopping in the buildings around the square.

Wawel Hill: This hill with its fortified castle and cathedral, dominates the skyline of Krakow. The cathedral was built in the 14th century. Polish kings were crowned and buried here until the 18th century. See Holy Cross Chapel, and its Gothic tomb. In the center of the cathedral is the silver tomb of Poland's patron saint, St. Stanislavs. In the crypt are additional tombs of kings and national heroes. The Renaissance castle within this complex has 71 rooms, all richly appointed, with many tapestries.

Czartoryski Museum: Located at 9 Pijarska. Contains 2 very famous paintings... Da Vinci's Lady With Ermine and Rembrandt's Landscape With Good Samaritan.

Old Jewish Quarter: This is Europe's second oldest synagogue, from the 14th century... located on Ul. Szeroka. During WW2, the Nazi's desecrated the synagogue, using it to stable horses. There were 40,000 Jews in Krakow before the war. Today, there are only about 2000. Also in this area is the birthplace of the cosmetic queen... Helena Rubenstein.

Polka Party: One can visit this in the evening if desired... generally liked by everyone.
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