this was the first shopping center in Krakow (14th century)
Looks like a bazar with stall in both sides selling handcrafts or religious stuff ..its a large corridor with just this.On the upper floor is the national gallery. Outside there is a tourist information point
The dragon is the cities symbol!!
He guards the Wawel castle. I have pictures of the Krakow Dragon sculpture - just keep looking ahead at my pictures.
Fondest memory: My favorite memory - well there were too many, but in relation to this famous dragon, it had to be when Matt and I toured the dragons cave.
The Cloth Hall is the largest building in the Rynek Glowny (Market Squuare).
It is centrally positioned & was erected as the centre of the cloth trade in the 14th century.
It was gutted with fire in 1555 & was rebuilt in Renaissance style.
The ground floor has the best souvenirs & craft shops today.
The upper floor has the 19th Century Gallery of Polish paintings which you can visit roughly from 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
The Cloth Hall
For many centuries The Market Square was a large trading center and was covered with the network of stalls creating something like a trading village. The Cloth Hall - a large set of stalls was founded in the 13th century. Destroyed by fire it was rebuild in the Renaissance style. In the old times the cloth was sold in the hall on the ground floor, while various goods were offered on the floor above. Now you can buy souvenirs from Krakow, works of Polish artists, leather goods, silver jewelery and folk hadikrafts. The upper floor houses the Gallery of Polish 19th Century Art.
The world's oldest shopping mall has been in business in the middle of Krakow's Main Market Square FOR 700 YEARS. Circa 1300 a roof was put over two rows of stalls to form the first Cloth Hall where the textile trade used to go on.
It was extended into an imposing Gothic structure 108 meter long and eight meter wide in the second half of the 14th century. After the 1555 fire the Cloth Hall was rebuilt as a splendid Renaissance edifice with an ornate roof adorned with grotesque masks. During the 1875-1879 refurbishment the outside arcades and central transepts were added.
Nowadays stalls on the ground floor and shops in the arcades mostly sell assorted souvenirs. There is the loooongest souvenir shop I have ever seen. Is it the LOOOONGEST SOUVENIR SHOP in the world? Hmm... maybe, I don't know. Do you know any longer? More: in my shopping tips.
Upstairs Krakow National Museum exhibits its unparalleled collection of the 19-century Polish art, including Jan Matejko's famous movie-like giant paintings.
One of two Cloth Hall's spacious cafes, the Noworolski’s on the east side, has been opened since 1910 when it got its present elegant Art Nouveau decor.
Luckily no McDonald's there :-)). Instead: tables on the square - good place to watch people :-).
Favorite thing: In the centre of the market square - Rynek Glowny, you will find the gruoud floor of the Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) has many shops. They sale souvenirs. Most people like looking wooden made stuff and craft here.
Favorite thing: As far as my inexperienced eye could tell, the stalls in the Cloth Hall all sold local crafts (or, at least, they were all made in Poland). This is an excellent place to find various different types of gifts gifts to take home with you, although I can't guarantee how competitive the prices are.
The building that dominates the square is the Cloth Hall (know as Sukiennice), which still fulfils its original function as a trading centre of art and crafts, although it originately was designed as a place to trade cloth.
Incidently, the red parasols that you can see in front of the hall marks the spot of a Cafe, which makes some rather fine snacks, cakes and coffee for the weary traveller.
The Town Hall - not - right in the middle of the Rynek. It's the largest market square in Poland, measuring 200 x 200 metres.
Fondest memory: This beautiful building, from the distance, reminded me of a miniature of the Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice, Italy. It's not the town-hall tho.
The Clothiers' Hall - right in the Krakow marketplace. Now you can purchase there almost every kind of souvenirs. Around the marketplace there are lots of cafes and pubs where you can spend your time and money :)
Don't forget about famous 'cracovian Cracknels' mmm...
In side the City Hall in the middle of the market square are dozens of little shops with souvenirs, jewelery and more. Really nice to spend some time there and but some souvenirs. Look up for the weapons of each Polish town.
Fondest memory: Like in every city, just to walk around is the best way to explore the city. You can walk around for hours in Kracow without getting bored.(pic=weapon of Kracow)
Favorite thing: Today, the ground floor continues to be a trading centre for crafts and souvenirs, while the upper floor is a gallery of 19th century Polish paintings.