Town Hall - Ratusz, Krakow
Krakow has its own leaning tower. In fact, the 70-m-tall Town Hall Tower at the city`s central Grand Square leans just 55 cm. Yet the reason is unusual - a strong wind did it in 1703. The massive Gothic tower had been built of stone and brick by the end of the 13th century and got its first clock in 1524. Several fires weakened the Town Hall Tower during the ensuing 150 years, so its west wall has been supported since 1680 by a mammoth buttress reaching up to the third floor. In 1685 the Town Hall Tower was heightened for 6.5 m. Its present baroque roof dates back to 1686. The tower once adjoined Krakow's splendid 13th-century Gothic Town Hall that was pulled down in the 1820s. Vast cellars under the Town Hall Tower used to contain the city dungeon with a torture chamber as well as a popular beerhouse, and now they have been turned into a cafe and a theater. Visitors ready to climb the tower up its 100-step narrow and steep stairs can enjoy the panoramic view from the top. They may also see the exhibition of the City of Krakow Historical Museum pertaining to the history of the municipality
The tower is the only thing that survived of the Town Hall until today. I love this structure! It is 70m/218ft high and has recently been cleaned up of the black pollution sediment (glad they've closed the steelworks in the outskirts of Krakow!)
Today the tower houses a department of the Historical Musem that displays items related to the history of Krakow's municipality.
And it has a nice pub-cafe in the cellar that sells the Polish Okocim beer :-) In the summer they have tables outside of course!
My photo on the left is showing the 70m high Town Hall Tower (Wieza Ratuszowa).
This is what's left of the 14th century town hall, pulled down in the 1820's because of its dillapidated state.
It is however leaning for about 55cm off the vertical, you couldn't really see this with the naked eyes.
It is opened to visitors in summer.
This is just next to the Cloth Hall.
At the present at the front of the Town Hall's tower two stony lions keep the guard - one looks really dangerous, another seems to be smily and sleepy. Both date back to the beginning of the 19the century.
Actually it is only a little part of the old Town Hall, its alone Gothic tower dominating the Main Market Square.
Inside the brach of the city's historic museum and the theatral scene. Underground (and around) the pub/cafe.
Wieza Ratuszowa - the clock tower. This Tower belongs to the Town Hall, although it is not attached to it. It is a very old one since it dates back to the 15th century. The old Town Hall was attached to it, but it was dismantelled in the early 19th century. The tower is the only remaining part of it. I found it very useful as a landmark: whenever I was lost, I tried locating it to find my way back to the Rynek.
It was built in the 14th century and extended in the 15th. Town Hall Tower is the only surviving part of the medieval Town Hall which was demolished in the early 19th century. The tower contains now a branch of the Krakow Historical Museum which is open only in the summer.
Here is what is left of the Ratusz. It was destroyed by fire in the 19th century, I think. The tower is all that's left. At every hour, a man trumpets the new hour, but stops halfway through. This is to symbolize a man who was shot by a Hussar, I think, and to honor him. They play this on the radio in Krakow at the top of the hour on some stations.
The Town hall itself was demolished in 1817-1820 and all that is left is the tower and cellars.
The tower now contains part of Krakows historical museum.
The tower is the only remaining part of the Town Hall in Krakow which was demolished in 1820 to open up the Market Square.
the town hall tower is 230 feet high and dominates the skyline of market square. the tower houses a branch of the museum of krakow dedicated to the history of krakow's government.
A cheaper option to tower of St Mary is the tower of the Town Hall.
With expositions included. Still, you cannot go that far up and views are less good.
When i came upon the market square i so loved it. The big town hall. All the details i got lost in watching. Not to mention the surroundings, the houses, the space..
Shall I even say more?
I found many handsome men in Poland!
This can be my tourist trap........hehe!
See what a lovely city this is and as I always say, it is better in real life!
Town Hall was destroyed in the past, just the tower is left now.