Kanonicza Street, Krakow
Ulica Kanonicza is my favoured street in Krakow Stare Miasto.
Quiet street, no souvenirs shops, no travel offices, kebab, ice-cream, or burger shops like in Florianska street.. Just dignified houses often palatial residences who belonged to canons or bishops since the 14th c.
The Gothic houses where severely damaged by fire so that what we see now are from the 16th c. in Renaissance style. There are beautiful courtyards and portals.
Kanonicza street means street of the "kanoniks" (in Polish) which are dignitaries of the Church "canonicus" in Latin, "canons" in English (not to confuse with canon law professors).
The building at No. 1 is a palace built between 1531-1532 by Canon Samuel Maciejowski (later bishop). But nowadays the street is famous because the future pope John Paul II lived at nr 19-21 where there is now an Archdiocesan Museum.
Halfway through the street opens a square that offers a view on the great Baroque Saint Peter and Paul's Church and the Romanesque Church of Saint Andrew's (ref. my tips).
My favoured view is that on the Wawel castle when approaching the hotel Copernicus.
It's very nice to walk down this street, that as a guide says it is the most aristocratic and clerical of Krakow.
Simply walk, look , enter buildings... and enjoy
It is a quiet street with coat of arms on the walls, big doors , behind which there are patios and gardens worth seeing, very elegant portals ...
Es muy agradable pasear por esta calle , que como dice alguna guía es la más aristocrática y clerical de Crakovia .
Simplemente camina , mira , entra en los edificios ...y disfruta
Es una calle tranquila con escudos en las fachadas , grandes puertas detrás de las que hay unos patios y jardines dignos de verse , portales muy elegantes ...
This is the oldest and most picturesque streets in Krakow, situated at the foot of Wawel hill, and has fine examples of baroque and renaissance architecture along it. Until the 14th Century, the street was lined with mansions of noblemen.
It is a good idea to turn down this street on the way to the castle.
This is one of Cracow's oldest streets with fine architecture. It used to be inhabited by canon law professors who in the 14th c. had their houses there (hence the name of the street: Kanonicza).
Of course they took all the measures to make their houses 'up to date' in those days, and that's how we can now admire true architectural treasures :-)
Walk along the street , check the lovely portals and peep into the courtyard of the Dean's House at no.21 (you can see it in my second General tip).
At the end of the street in this photo you can see a little bit of the Wawel Royal Complex.
Lined by stately, mostly Renaissance houses, Kanonicza Street is one of the most picturesque streets in Krakow. It leads you from a plaza off Grodza Street towards Wawel Hill, and used to constitute the last and most glorious part of the Royal Road, Krakow’s ceremonial route leading from the main city gate to the central square to the Royal Castle. Until the l4th century the street was lined with mansions of noblemen. Then, palatial residences of Krakow canons and prelates took their place.
From 1951 to 1963 Father Karol Wojtyla, future Pope John Paul II, dwelled at 19 and 21 Kanonicza Street, where his former rooms have been turned into a papal department of the Archdiocese Museum, otherwise exhibiting mostly church art.
Not very long, but one of my favourite streets in the Old Town. Almost every house is both a work of art and an antique. Many of them have interesting, picturesque courtyards. Some of them serves as seats cultural, science and artistic institutions and organizations.
Althought Kanonicza Street extend just from the foot of Wawel Castle hill to the Main Market's direction, it can be easy ommited, since it is a step off the main "Royal" route, leading along Grodzka Street.
Kanonicza Street is my favourite one. The narrow lane with former palaces of archbishops and cancellors leads to King’s seat- Wawel. There’s a museum of Wyspianski- Cracows genius artist of Art Noveau, a theatre Cricot- the place where Tadeusz Kantor showed his paranoid plays. The Kanonicza courtyards with fontains are really worth seeing.
a) Going towards Wawel castel. b) The end of Kanonicza street with wawel at the back. c) a restaurand door d) working under snow e) Walking in calm.