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Cracow's Historic Centre
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 13th-century
Date of Inscription: 1978
Location: Europe, Poland, Lesser Poland (Malopolska) Voivodship, City and County of Cracow
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Description: Poland’s previous capital, Cracow is located at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle. The 13th-century merchants' town boasts the largest market square in Europe along with countless historical houses, palaces and churches with their glorious interiors. The ruins of the 14th-century fortifications and the medieval site of Kazimierz with its ancient synagogues (southern part of town), Jagellonian University and the Gothic cathedral where the kings of Poland were buried supply additional confirmation of the town's enthralling history. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Stare Miasto (English: Old Town District) is the central historical district of Kraków, Poland. It is the most prominent example of an old town district in the country, Kraków being the original capital of the country. The features of Kraków Stare Miasto include Rynek Główny, or Main Square - the largest medieval town square of any European city - with numerous historic churches such as Kościół Mariacki (St. Mary's Basilica), Church of St. Wojciech and other national treasures like Sukiennice (Cloth Hall, currently housing gift shops, restaurants and merchant stalls, with the National Gallery of Art upstairs), Town Hall Tower, the Barbakan (anglicized form Barbican, a defense tower once part of a comprehensive network of fortifications encircling the city - next to Florian Gate), and Wawel Castle, the former seat of Polish kings which overlooks the Vistula river. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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