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Where Is The Largest Medieval Market Place In Europe?

The main square in the old town of Kraków, Little Poland, is the main urban space located in the center of the city. It dates back to the 13th century, and with 400,000 square feet, it is one of the largest medieval squares in Europe. This area is just one of many historic areas found in Europe, such as France, which has a rich history. The Public Spaces Project (PPS) lists the square as the best public space in Europe due to its lively street life.

The main square is a square space surrounded by historic houses and churches. The center of the square is dominated by the Cloth Hall rebuilt in 1555 in the Renaissance style, crowned by a beautiful attic, or Polish parapet decorated with carved masks. On one side of the sheet room is the tower of the town hall; on the other side, the 10th century San Adalberto church and the 1898 Adam Mickiewicz monument. Overlooking the square are the towers that feature Gothic images of the Basilica of Santa Maria. The main square in Krakow does not have a town hall, as it has not been preserved until today.

It is perhaps the jewel of the medieval crown in a city that has no shortage of beautiful architecture. The large rectangular building bordered by Romanesque arches in the center of the square is the Cloth Hall (in Polish: Sukiennice), dating from 1257 A.D. Yet this area still stands and is an open market to this day, where tourists can buy souvenirs, including baltic amber.

The main square is located on the royal road, once crossed during the royal coronations at Wawel Cathedral, between the Krakow barbican in the north and Wawel Castle in the south. Since its creation, the square has been considered the center of the city.

On the other side of the square is the 70-meter tower of the town hall, the only part of the 14th-century town hall that remains after numerous fires, renovations and indifferent demolitions. From March to the end of December, visitors can climb the stairs to the third floor through vaulted Gothic rooms that contain, among other things, photographs of Krakow in the 1960s, and views to the west and south.