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Krakow, like many European cities, is full of fascinating architectural twiddles and fantasies.

Many of them lie above your head, with lower floors remodelled and modernised and sometimes nothing but plate-glass windows.

Some of the buildings in the Old Town date back to the 15th or 16th century (1400/1500s). If you look closely you can still see evidence of their earlier form......some more obvious than others.

Not so very long ago, very few people were literate. If you wanted to have something delivered, you needed something to mark out your house. Look for these carvings over the main doorways. 'The house under the lobster', perhaps, or the 'house under the five bells'.

So keep your eyes open as you wander both the Old Town and elsewhere...there is much to spot.

More in my architectural travelogue here.

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  • Updated Jun 4, 2010
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