Town Hall Tower at Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland

During the late 13th century, an enormous Town Hall was added to Main Market Square. The municipal government was housed on two floors. In the basement was a prison and torture chamber. The edifice was removed in 1820. Fortunately, Town Hall Tower (Wieża ratuszowa) was left standing. The white limestone blocks set among the red bricks give it a lacelike appearance. Since a major storm in 1703, the 230 foot tower leans 21 inches. You can climb up the 100-step staircase to a viewing platform above the clock for a wonderful panorama of Old Town. Afterwards you can drink beer in the basement cellars. The sideways head sculpture in the foreground is Eros Spetany (Eros Bound) by Igor Mitoraj. Locals call it Big Head. The contemporary Polish artist specialized in truncated anatomies in bronze and marble.

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Town Hall Tower, Rynek Główny 1, 30-001 Kraków, Poland

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