Cloth Hall

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Cloth Hall information

Kraków , Poland
Street Rynek Główny 1
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Dominating the middle of the square, this building was once the centre of Kraków’s medieval clothing trade. It was created in the early 14th century when a roof was put over two rows of stalls, then extended into a 108m-long Gothic structure. The hall was rebuilt in Renaissance style after a fire in 1555; the arcades were added in the late 19th century.

The ground floor is now a busy trading centre for crafts and souvenirs, while the upper floor is occupied by the recently renovated Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Painting . Its collection features works by Józef Chełmoński, Jacek Malczewski, Aleksander Gierymski and the leader of monumental historic painting, Jan Matejko.