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The Cloth Hall, Krakow
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Located in the middle of the main square, The Cloth Hall is one of the city's most recognizable architectural landmarks. The Renaissance building was once the center of international clothing trade (thus its name). In the final decades of the 19th century, it was converted into an art museum and became a major cultural venue. The grand halls house one of the largest permanent exhibits of Polish art, arranged by historical period and theme. Take a self-guided tour of the upper-floor galleries to see noted works by Josef Chelmonski, Aleksander Gierymski, Jan Matejko, and Jacek Malczewski. The ground floor features a busy market where you can purchase handmade crafts and souvenirs. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Krakow holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Cloth Hall and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This historic building sits in the middle of the Main Square in Krakow and contains a number of traders with fairly standard fair. The building dates back to the renaissance was once a major trading f...  more »
  • We visited at Christmas so the arcade was decorated for Christmas and looked beautiful. The shops were packed with traditional Seasonal souvinirs. The Cloth Hall is a historic building in its own righ...  more »
  • A great building which we visited in December . The internal shops I'm afraid all sell the same sort of thing and it is promoted for tourists but its a must see . 
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  • The Sukiennice, or Cloth Hall, is a central point in the old city of Krakow and a great place to spend some quality time with friends, family or just on your own. The crowds are always bustling but the big, open plaza gives everybody plenty of room. There are tons of incredible shops and restaurants inside the Sukiennice and in the surrounding area.
  • Beautiful building turned into a tourist trap complete with nick-nacks, brick-a-brack and other cheap tourist goods. It's best to observe from the outside.
  • A great indoor market. Very beautiful and full with local handcraft. If you like chess that's the place to buy a wooden set very cheap (around 50 euros).
  • Once a cloth factory now a museum and Café... Worth a visit. Veranno coffee in one of the coffee shops is some of the best I've ever had.
  • A good place to get touristy stuff.