Japan in Krakow – “Manggha”

Museum of Japanese Art and Technology Frequent workshops, events for kids Pleasant cafe with a terrace and view on the royal castle Unique, modern architecture   On the other side of the Wisła from Wawel, you may notice a low building with a wavy roof. It is one of a kind, both outside and on the inside. It is the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology. In 1994, the great Polish …

The Barbican

The Barbican, also known as the saucepan, was the northernmost part of Kraków’s fortifications, built with the aim of defending the city from Turk and Tartar attacks, which reached as far as the region around Kraków (Małopolska, or Little Poland).  It is a gothic structure, built in 1499 in the shape of an incomplete circle, and originally surrounded by a 30-metre wide (!) moat. …

Sukiennice (the Krakow Cloth Hall)

In the central section of the Market Square, exactly in the middle, lies one of the most magnificent buildings in Kraków – the Sukiennice (or the Krakow Cloth Hall). Its history dates back to the XIII century. It was then that Bolesław the Chaste undertook the construction of a double row of stone stalls, which would form a kind of street in the centre of the Market Square.  It was …

Wawel Hill and Royal Castle, Krakow

The Wawel Hill is the most important monument of Polish history, culture and national identity. The beginnings of the residence of Polish rulers on the Wawel Hill go back to the middle of the 11th century. In the 14th century the castle was expanded into a vast Gothic residence. The castle was then rebuilt in a Renaissance style at the beginning of the 16th century. The Wawel Cathedral, …