Town Hall Tower, Krakow

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Town Hall Tower in Kraków, Poland (Wieża ratuszowa w Krakowie) is one of the main focal points of the Main Market Square in the Old Town district of Kraków.The Tower is the only remaining part of the old Kraków Town Hall (Ratusz, see painting, below) demolished in 1820 as part of the city plan to open up the Main Square. Its cellars once housed a city prison with a Medieval torture chamber.HistoryBuilt of stone and brick at the end of the 13th century, the massive Gothic tower of the early Town Hall stands 70 metres tall and leans just 55 centimetres, the result of a storm in 1703. The top floor of the tower with an observation deck is open to visitors.The original Gothic helmet adorning the tower was consumed by fire caused by a lightning in 1680. The ensuing reconstruction of the tower took place between 1683 and 1686. The work was directed by the royal architect Piotr Beber, who designed the new and imposing Baroque helmet, which survived only until 1783. At that time, the helmet began to crumble, and was replaced by a smaller structure (right) sponsored by Archbishop Kajetan Sołtyk.The entrance to the tower is guarded by a pair of stone lions carved at the beginning of the 19th century. They were brought to Kraków from the Classicist palace of the Morstin family in Pławowice during the renovations of 1961–1965, during which the bay windows on the second floor of the tower were incorrectly reconstructed by a local TV personality, architect Wiktor Zin. Over the entrance is the original Gothic portal with the city coat-of-arms and the emblem of Poland. For many years the basement beneath the tower has been used as the performance space called the Stage beneath the Town Hall of the renowned Teatr Ludowy.
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  • August 19, 2017
    This clock tower dominates Krakow's main market square and is an impressive sight, especially when lit at night. Unfortunately, we did not hear the trumpeter who is supposed to sound each hour.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Located at the back of Cloth Hall in the Market Square. It looks tall and Medieval. It has some steep steps to climb but with a rewarding great view at the top. As part of the square it looks beautifu...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    I think this tower is great because I love old walls, bricks and towers. There is nothing interesting to see (apart from 2 or 3 old dresses but they are not worth being mentioned) but if you like towe...  more »
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  • April 23, 2017
    A little difficult to find but well worth it. There are interactive screens all over to educate you about what you're looking at. I found the nuts and bolts of how trading was conducted and how blacksmiths plied their trade the most fascinating parts.
  • July 22, 2017
    Lovely views if you don't mind narrow and steep staircases.
  • May 2, 2017
    I had a free visit yesterday . The narrow steps reminds you the beauty and ancient of place.
  • September 30, 2016
    Visited this tower to day, Splendid views. However female member of staff on upper floor need a lesson in how to do her job. Wanted to enquire about the costumes on display but despite three attempts to get her attention (only person on the floor with her) she chose to sit with her face in her phone.
  • November 18, 2016
    Nice panoramatic view of Krakow city. Old time mechanism on top floor of tower.

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Krakow ranks among one of Europe's increasingly popular tourist destinations, which is reflected in the rising costs of comfortable lodgings. The best hotels are concentrated in and around the historical old town, where five-star luxury comes at a very steep price. Old town hotels place you just steps from fine shops and restaurants, as well as the city's main museums and galleries. However, if your trip involves a tight budget, avoid the central district and check out mid-range hotels and economical hostels in one of the outlying neighborhoods.
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