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 …

The Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art at Sukiennice

The Gallery holds the largest permanent exhibit of the 19th century Polish painting and sculpture. It is located in the Sukiennice Cloth Hall in the center of the Main Market Square. The museum is a division of the National Museum in Krakow, which was founded already in 1879. The Sukiennice Museum consists of four exhibition halls, the Baciarelli Room – with late Baroque, Rococo and …

Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Krakow

The Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Krakow was opened on 30th November 1994. Manggha, which combines the function of a museum and of an active cultural centre, is the biggest institution promoting Japan’s culture in the whole Central and Eastern Europe. Many of the masterpieces come from the collection of Feliks Jasienski, an eccentric art lover who was fascinated with …

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, …

Museum of the Jagiellonian University Collegium Maius

Collegium Maius is the oldest university buildings in Poland, dating back to the 14th century. It was rebuilt in the second half of the 15th century in a late-Gothic style with a vast courtyard surrounded with arcades. In 1517 a well was built in the center of the courtyard. The famous courtyard clock performs a little show with wooden figures of kings and professors at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 …