Cracow sightseeing

Duration: 3,5 hours

The route begins by St Florian's Church in Matejki Square, leads by the Cracow Barbican, through the main entrance to the city, St Florian's Gate, along ul. Floriańska, across the Main Square, and then along Grodzka Street to the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill. Worth attention is the remaining fragment of city fortifications. The houses in ul. Floriańska include the famous Jama Michalika (Michalik's Den) café and Jan Matejko House. The Main Square - the largest public square of medieval Europe - is dominated by the towers of the Gothic St Mary's Church. Every hour the famous Cracow bugle call is played from the taller one. Inside the church, we can admire its greatest highlight: the high altar by Wit Stwosz (Veit Stoss) which is Europe's largest Gothic altar. The central part of the Main Square is occupied by the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) - a rare example of a medieval structure that has for centuries served as a commercial centre. On its other side stands the tower of the former Town Hall. Passing by the Monument to Adam Mickiewicz and the Church of St Adalbert, we enter ul. Grodzka, pass by the precious church and monastery complexes of Dominicans and Franciscans, Wielopolski Palace (currently, the seat of municipal authorities), SS Peter and Paul's Church, the convent of Poor Clares, St Andrew's Church, and the Church of St Giles. Running parallel to Grodzka, ul. Kanonicza is a charming street lined with recently renovated palaces and residences. Both Grodzka and Kanonicza lead to the foot of Wawel Hill with its Royal Castle, one of Europe's most splendid Renaissance royal residences. Among its treasure of artistic masterpieces, most noteworthy in the Castle is the famous Audience Hall with a coffered ceiling adorned with 30 wooden heads. Similarly unique is the collection of 142 tapestries commissioned by King Sigismund Augustus in Flanders.
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