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"Renovated Cloth Hall - Sukiennice." Top 5 Page for this destination Cloth Hall - Sukiennice Tip by breughel

Cloth Hall - Sukiennice, Krakow: 89 reviews and 149 photos

  Cloth Hall at sunset.
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  • Cloth Hall at sunset. - Krakow
      Cloth Hall at sunset.
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  • Cloth Hall at night. - Krakow
      Cloth Hall at night.
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We were very pleased to see that the renovation works which during the VT meet of 2010 hampered the views are now finished so that we could see the Sukiennice in all its splendour. We especially liked the view from the west side of the Rynek Glowny market square at sunset as well as the floodlight of the building at night.

It has been said that this cloth hall from the 14th c. might be the oldest mall in the world.
In all honesty Wikipedia writes: "Other, similar cloth halls have existed in other Polish as well as other European cities such as in Ypres, Belgium (built between 1260 and 1304) ; Braunschweig (around 1300), and in Leeds (1711); but the one in Krakow is the best-known and best-preserved."
During WW II Krakow and the Cloth Hall escaped the destructions of the other Polish cities.

The Cloth Hall of Ypres, in a quite different architectural style, was completely destroyed during WW I and rebuilt from the ground level on.
There is an historical link between the two Cloth Halls. Ypres was liberated on 4/09/1944 by the First Polish Division, part of the allied forces (ref. my tip on the Polish Winged Hussars), as remembered by a commemorative plaque.
The people of Ieper were grateful to the Polish troops that they did not use artillery to chase the Germans and avoided so a second destruction of Ieper.

Address: Rynek Glowny
Directions: Historical centre.
Phone: 012 422 11 66

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