Sukiennice (Cloth Hall)
Address: Main Square
Area: Old Town
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The impressive Sukiennice, or Cloth Hall is one of Krakow´s major tourist attractions and perhaps the city´s most recognisable symbols. The stunning Renaissance building dominates the Main Market Square and the night time illumination is a photographer´s delight.
The Medieval Shopping Centre was built in 1257, but the original structure needed renovating after it was ravaged by fire in 1555, resulting in the remarkable masterpiece we find today.
Throughout history, the Cloth Hall was at the heart of Eastern European trade selling an abundance of spices, silk, leather and wax; though its reputation was built on the quality of its textiles.
The traditions of the Sukiennice continue today and it is still an important centre at the heart of Krakow´s trade and industry, only these days the merchandise as moved with the times and is focused on souvenirs, handicrafts and amber jewellery.
Visitors will also find an art museum on the first floor exhibiting a collection of 19th Century sculptures and paintings.
Holly from Great Britain
Posted on 03-09-2015
It stands in the middle of a huge main square. It is a beautiful building full of things to visit. There is a museum (even underground one), restaurants, cafes and lots of shops. You can buy local handcraft and nice souvenirs.
Sara from Italy
Posted on 21-04-2014
If you want to buy some typical polish souvenirs you should visit Cloth Hall, big range of choice, a lot of beautiful things, especially amber jewellery:)