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Kraków's Main Square (Polish: Rynek Główny w Krakowie) is the main market square of the Old Town in Kraków, Poland, and a principal urban space located at the center of the city. It dates back to the 13th century, and — at roughly 40,000 m² (430,000 ft²) — is the largest medieval town square in Europe. The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) lists the square as the best public space in Europe due to its lively street life.
The Main Square is a spacious square surrounded by historic townhouses (kamienice), palaces and churches. The center of the square is dominated by the Sukiennice (the Cloth Hall or Drapers' Hall), rebuilt in 1555 in the Renaissance style, topped by a beautiful attic or Polish parapet decorated with carved masks. On one side of the Sukiennice is the Town Hall Tower (Wieża ratuszowa), on the other the 10th century Church of St. Wojciech (St. Adalbert's) and 1898 Adam Mickiewicz Monument. Rising above the square are the Gothic towers of St. Mary's Basilica (Kościół Mariacki).
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Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Europe
Subcategory Detail:Poland
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