in Krakow with the Wawel Royal Castle in the background.
In the foreground - two adjacent houses where John Paul II
Krakow's Arguably Most Scenic Street - Ulica Kanonicza
The picturesque Kanonicza Street ends just at the foot of
Wawel Royal Castle
and used to constitute the last and most glorious part of
Krakow’s ceremonial route leading from the main city gate to
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
700-year-old main city gate with adjoining mighty walls
Awesome 500-year-old unmatched masterpiece of medieval
Planty Garden Ring
Park of 30 varied gardens among old trees round
Krakow's Old Town historical district
15th-century impressive Grand College of the Krakow
university where Copernicus once studied.
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