Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), Krakow

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Located in the middle of the main square, Sukiennice (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. Work out when and for how long to visit Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) and other Krakow attractions using our handy Krakow day trip planning site.
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  • Flea market located in the city center. Lot of souvenirs to buy from local vendors. Beautiful art all over. Worth a visit while in town 
    Flea market located in the city center. Lot of souvenirs to buy from local vendors. Beautiful art all over. Worth a visit while in town  more »
  • It is definitely worth going here to see all the different items that are being sold here. There is a large range and it is nicely set inside the hall. I would not suggest buying anything here as... 
    It is definitely worth going here to see all the different items that are being sold here. There is a large range and it is nicely set inside the hall. I would not suggest buying anything here as...  more »
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  • The Cloth Hall was one of the most important institutions of the city, for it was where trade was concentrated. The original Cloth Hall, built in the 13th century when Kraków received its city charter, consisted of two rows of stone stalls forming a street in the centre of the market square. The grates of both ends were locked for the night to keep thieves away. A roofed masonry version of the Cloth Hall was built in the 14th century: its traces are visible to this day in the arcades on the shorter sides. Trading in the Cloth Hall was a significant source of the city’s revenue: according to a royal privilege cloth merchants arriving in the city could only sell their goods here.
  • Special historical place in the centre of Krakow...woman selling rosaries was wonderful and very kind. Good workers here.

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