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Museums in Kraków

Museums in Kraków

Museums in Kraków

Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland dating back to the 7th century. Kraków was the official capital of Poland until 1596 and has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, economic, cultural and artistic life. The city grew from a Stone Age settlement and began as a hamlet on Wawel Hill and was reported as a busy trading centre of Central Europe in 965.

With the establishment of new universities and cultural venues at the emergence of the Second Polish Republic in 1918 and throughout the 20th century, Kraków reaffirmed its role as a major national academic and artistic centre. Its extensive cultural heritage across the epochs of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture includes the Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle on the banks of the Vistula, the St. Mary’s Basilica, Saints Peter and Paul Church and the largest medieval market square in Europe, the Rynek Główny.

Kraków is home to many fascinating museums and historic sites.

Kraków’s Museums

Kraków Museums

  • Capital:                         Kraków
  • Polish:                           Cracow
  • Country:                       Republic of Poland
  • National language       Polish
  • Population:                   1.7 million Metro

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“A guest sees more in an hour than the host in a year.”
– Polish Proverb

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Photo Credit: Andrzej Otrębski [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

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