Main Market Square

Saint Mary Basilica at Main Market Square

Saint Mary Basilica at Main Market Square

The Main Market Square in Krakow is the largest medieval market square in all of Europe (some people though claim that the Saint Peters Square in Rome, or the Saint Mark Square in Venize should carry that title) with a size roughly 40,000 squaremetres. It is located in the Old Town of Krakow and it dates back to the 13th century, built up after the mongolian invasion in 1241.

At the Square you can find several big attractions, for example the 10th century Church of St. Wojciech, the Saint Marys Basilica, the Town Hall Tower, the Adam Mickiewicz Monument (the biggest Polish poet in the 19th century) and the most popular attraction is probably the Sukiennice, a market with a great atmosphere in the center of the square. If you like pigeons, you might get the chance to make close friendship to them if you buy some seeds and place them in your hand!

The square has always had important functions throughout history, and the road on which the kings on their way to the Wawel Castle had to travel passed through the main market square.

Main Market Square pictures