Sunday, 5 August 2018

Wroclaw: Market Square (Photo Gallery)

Wroclaw Market Square is simply stunning. I first visited it at night when I arrived at Wroclaw. As it is just less than 100 meters away from my hotel. I visited it again at 6 am the next morning hoping to get the best photoshoot of its gorgeous buildings  before the blazing sun came up. My third visit was during noon time as Market Square was the culmination of my Wroclaw walking tour. Before looking at my gallery, here are a few things you should know about Wroclaw Market Square.

1.The square has a history that dates back to the 13th century.
2. It is the second largest square in Poland  measuring 213 meters long and 178 
    meters wide (The largest is found in Krakow)
3. It started as the location of a market. Soon after houses were built surrounding it.
4. It was destroyed during WWII but rebuilt after the war. 
5. It lies in the heart of the city and is a haven for dining and shopping. 
6. It is a pedestrian square. Vehicles are not allowed in.
7  11 streets branch out of the square.
8. The medieval buildings surrounding the square have different width, heights, 
    designs and are built with different architectural styles. They are like palette of 
    colours adorning the town.
9. Wroclaw's old and new city halls are located within the square.

Market Square Photo Gallery
Old Town Hall of Wroclaw with a history dating back to the 13th century now houses a museum and a basement restaurant.

Wroclaw's New Town Hall houses the offices of the mayor and city council, as well as the Spiz Brewery. In front is Zdrój Fountain, a modernistic glass and granite fountain  named after the President of Wrocław, Bogdan Zdrojewski.  

Burgher Houses that paints the square.

This restaurant called Piwnica Świdnicka is worthy of mentioning as it used to be the oldest restaurant in Europe until 2017 when it was finally closed down. It is located in the basement of Old Town Hall.

Wooden souvenir stall 

This statue of a bronze Malay bear with a weird long tongue sticking out lies beside Old Town Hall. Many believe rubbing the tongue will bring them good luck.

Fairy tale-like Old Town Hall building at night.

Neoclassical bronze statue of famous Polish writer Alexander Fredro near Old Town Hall.

Salt Square ( Plac Solny)
Adjacent to Market Square is Salt Square. This square is much smaller but not less magnificent. It used to be the place for trading salt, leather products and honey. Today it is a 24 hour flower market. The architecture of the surrounding buildings are equally impressive.


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Anonymous said...

What a beautiful destination! Your night photography is awesome too!

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