Cracow - a city with history
One of the most beautiful Polish cities, with a tradition dating back 1000 years. Anyone who has been to this city at least once will not forget the impression left by the surroundings of the old castle walls, the Wawel hill with the dragon cave stretching just above the lazy river, the slowly flowing river Vistula, the charming market with the beautiful St. Mary's Church and plenty of well-kept greenery.
It is difficult to talk about monuments in Cracow, because almost the entire city is one big monument. Maybe it would be advisable to only exclude modern housing estates, but still the entire city center is worth admiring during family walks.
Cracow is first of all a city of churches. There are more than 120 of them in the city itself, and most are historic buildings dating back hundreds of years. Apart from St. Mary's Church on the main square, there are admirable 14th-century buildings of the Church of Corpus Christi, St. Catherine of Alexandria’s Church and St. Margaret’s, Cathedral of St. Wenceslas and St. Stanislas, a number of 11th-century churches and older, built already after the transfer of the capital.
Obviously, the city center is the most important and largest square, the Main Market Square. It is here that you can admire the famous Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Church, the Town Hall Tower, the St. Wojciech’s Church and around 40 medieval townhouses. Particularly noteworthy is the Cloth Hall, which was the first shopping center in the city's history. The name comes from cloth stalls, built on the order of Boleslaw the Chaste as a series of stone structures separated by alleys. The building was rebuilt in the 16th century, and the then architect gave it a more artistic look, adding the arcade attic and gargoyles. The main square of Cracow is complete with the Small Market Square with a number of historic buildings.
The city is still surrounded by the remains of the walls, including the Barbican. There is also the famous Florian Gate and several preserved bastions.