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Historical Museum of the Municipality of Krakow

Historical Museum of the Municipality of Krakow

Town Hall Tower

Rynek Główny 1


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Public visiting hours:
during summer season (April – October)
Every day 10:30 – 18:00

Looking proudly over the Main Market the formidable Town Hall tower is one of the city's best-known tourist attractions. It is a symbol of Krakow's political and economic strength and traditions of local government. The former seat of municipal power can now only be seen in etchings and paintings. The 75m-high tower, which leans 55cm from the vertical line, is all that remains of the old Town Hall, a building with austere interior reminding of the rich past. It was constructed in the Middle Ages, and in the mid-sixteenth century significantly expanded with a Renaissance addition. The walls of the tower are decorated with stone from sharp-arched arcades and vertical flutings. The whole structure is capped by a Baroque crown, which was designed by royal architect Piotr Beber. Since 1967 the structure has been in use by the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow. On the ground floor, a set of craftsmen's marks was left by master stoneworkers from 1444 - a rarity in Poland and in all of Europe. On the first floor is the room, which contained the former chapel, with a cross-ribbed arched ceiling.
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The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013