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Kanonicza street in Krakow, Poland
Kanonicza street in Krakow with the Wawel Royal Castle in the background. 
In the foreground - two adjacent houses where John Paul II lived 1951-1963. 

Krakow's Arguably Most Scenic Street - Ulica Kanonicza 

The picturesque Kanonicza Street ends just at the foot of the hilltop Wawel Royal Castle and used to constitute the last and most glorious part of the Royal Road, Krakow’s ceremonial route leading from the main city gate to the central square to the Royal Castle. 


History of Kanonicza Street. 

Until the 14th century the street was lined with mansions of noblemen. Then, palatial residences of Krakow canons and prelates took their place. Several buildings still belong to the Church. 

Strolling up the Kanonicza Street. 

Kanonicza Street mostly preserved its exquisite Renaissance air and shape, which appeal so strongly to Krakow visitors. Lined with stately, usually Renaissance houses, it is arguably one of Europe’s finest streets. Halfway a charming plaza unveils the white facade of the imposing Baroque Jesuit church of St. Peter and St. Paul’s of 1619 next to the grand Romanesque church of St. Andrew’s of circa 1090 at the parallel Grodzka street. 

Where John Paul II once lived as a priest and bishop 

From 1951 to 1963 Father Karol Wojtyla, future Pope John Paul II, dwelled at 19 and 21 Kanonicza Street, where his former rooms have been turned into a papal department of Krakow's Archdiocese Museum, otherwise exhibiting mostly church art.


Wawel Royal Castle
Home to three dynasties of Poland's monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, best period furniture and rare ancient objects. The collection of the 16th-century monumental Flemish
tapestries is matchless.

Wawel Cathedral
Poland's impressive national shrine shelters plenty of superb church art. Its
giant bell of 1520 ranks with the world's largest. Most Polish kings and their family members are buried in the cathedral, its chapels and crypts.

Grand Square
Krakow’s central Grand Square (Rynek Glowny), the largest plaza of medieval Europe and one of the world’s finest with its spectacular landmarks, has remained the hub of the city since the 13th century.

Basilica of the Virgin Mary's
The immense Gothic church, Krakow's principal temple since the 13th century, shelters the world's
greatest Gothic sculpture among its many excellent works of art

Cloth Hall
The world's oldest shopping mall has been in business for 700 years. The present Renaissance edifice dates from 1555.

Town Hall Tower
Krakow's leaning tower was built by the end of the 13th century.

City Walls
700-year-old main city gate with adjoining mighty walls and towers.

Great Barbican
Awesome 500-year-old unmatched masterpiece of medieval military engineering

Planty Garden Ring
Park of 30 varied gardens among old trees round Krakow's Old Town historical district

Collegium Maius
15th-century impressive Grand College of the Krakow university where Copernicus once studied.

Krakow mummies
Picturesque 17th-century church and monastery shelter numerous naturally mummified bodies in their crypts.

Old Synagogue of Kazimierz 
The grandest of Krakow's seven historic

Krakow Old Town Historic District
Poland's prime tourist attraction and a must-see in Central Europe boasts numerous world-class monuments, charming vistas, delightful atmosphere, and the best restaurants.

Historic streets of Krakow

Wawel Royal Castle

Wawel Cathedral

Grand Square

Basilica of the Virgin Mary's

Cloth Hall

Town Hall Tower

City Walls

Great Barbican

Old Synagogue

Planty Garden Ring

Collegium Maius

Krakow mummies

Old Town map


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