While walking around Kraków’s Main Market Square, many people are not aware of the true treasure underneath. Join us in the mysterious, underground world, where you can explore the oldest history of the most important public space in Kraków – the Main Market Square. Thanks to the work of archaeologists, 6,000 square meters of the underground Market Square have been made available to the general public to showcase the city’s 1000-year old history. Wandering down the ancient roads among reconstructed huts, a blacksmith’s workshop and the foundations of the first Cloth Hall from the early medieval period, one can almost hear the sounds of life that were filling the air many centuries ago. Additional attractions of the tour are the multimedia show and the exhibit of authentic objects from Kraków’s historical past that were unearthed during archaeological excavations.
The “Following the Traces of European Identity of Kraków” exhibition was opened in September 2010. The archeological works that were planned to take a few months lasted for five years, initiating the exhibit in 2005. Owing to the archaeological discoveries, we are now able to explore the ancient history of the region, and especially town life.
Photos credits: Historical Museum of the City of Krakow
1. This is a regular tour (group sightseeing), but can be organised as a private tour on request.
2. Tour duration: up to 2 hours
3. This is a walking tour, so the participants should wear comfortable sports shoes.
Tour is unavailable on June 20th, August 15th, December 24th, December 25th and December 31st.
The exhibition does not only present the municipal history of Kraków but also highlights the connections and contributions that the city developed in the past centuries. The Main Market Square had always been a place of trade where the citizens would do the shopping as well as purchase goods from the farthest nooks of Europe. The artifacts recovered during the excavations, which are now displayed as part of the museum exhibit, support the theory that Kraków was a place were many European trade routes intersected.
The experts at The Historical Museum of the City of Kraków reconstructed many elements that had existed in this area for centuries, such as the local architecture burned down the Mongol invasion, as well as an old smithy and a goldsmith’s workshop. The exhibition also displays details of medieval burial practices and various everyday items.
This tour is enriched with many multimedia presentations, like architectural holograms, AR technology, archaeological games, and projections. One of them is projected on the fog screen through which one can enter the museum. Many other attractions abound. A well-equipped playroom and a mechanical theatre, showing the legend of ancient Kraków, cater to the youngest of visitors.
Photo credits: Historical Museum of the City of Krakow
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