In the northern corner of the Market Square stands the Krzysztofory Palace, originally built in the Middle Ages and then rebuilt in the 17th century as the residence for Crown Marshal Adam Kazanowski. At the time it was considered the the most magnificent residence in Krakow, after Wawel Castle itself. In the back there is a beautiful arcaded courtyard with a Baroque fountain, adorned with the "Leliwa" coat-of-arms of the Wodzicki family, who were later owners of the palace. In 1848, the palace became the headquarters of the Revolutionary Government. The Gothic cellars contain Tadeusz Kantor's famous experimental theatre, Cricot 2. The first floor houses the Krakow Historical Museum (Muzeum Historyczne Krakowa), which is worth visiting to see examples of local costume and the beautiful interiors themselves (see separate listing).
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