Krakow

Plac Matejki

  Plac Matejki ,   Old Town         more than a year ago

Dominated by the Grunwald Monument and flanked by the Academy of Fine Arts, Plac Matejki might be just a sliver of a square, but it is one of the more visually striking squares in the city and a favourite spot for Independence Day celebrations. Until the Academy was built in the 1870’s, this area was part of the Stary Kleparz market, then known as Rynek Kleparski; in 1882 it was given its current name in celebration of painter Jan Matejko, who was awarded honorary citizenship of Kraków the same year - a rare case of a square or street being named after a living person. The Grunwald Memorial, commemorating every Pole’s favourite battle - the 1410 Battle of Grunwald, during which the Poles gave the Teutonic Knights a thorough whipping (a historical rarity and point of pride even 600 years later) - was unveiled in 1910. The ends of the square are capped with two other points of interest: St. Florian's Church in the north and the Barbican in the south.

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