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Krakow Market Square
It is one of the world's largest and most captivating squares.
Architecturally stunning (see photo's middle right). Dates back to the 16th century. Once was a trading center, today it's a museum and a complex of indoor stalls selling gifts and souvenirs.
Merchant houses and other photogenic, centuries-old structures line Krakow Market Square.
St Mary's Church
A 14th century creation. Striking interior. Pope John II served as a cardinal and archbishop here. Note: The photo above was taken from one of its towers.
St Adalbert Church
This small structure goes back to the 11th century.
Town Hall Tower
It's all that remains of the 16th century town hall complex.
It's Poland's best-appreciated tourist destination.
Cafes and restaurants spill out into Krakow Market Square, as do touts, flower sellers, and street entertainers. The space is large enough not to be overrun with tourists.
Some of the buildings have cellars that have been converted to lively pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants, among other enterprises.
World War II
Krakow was more fortunate than many large Polish cities. It suffered only modest war damage.
Location in Poland