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Krakow was mentioned for the first time in a report of Ibrahim-Ibn-Jakub, a merchant from Cordoba, in the year 985. He describes a rich city on the crossing of trade routes which was surrounded by forests.
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Krakow Statistics - Krakow in numbers
Location: Malopolska province, southeastern Poland.
altitude: 219 meters above the sea level
city’s area of 326.8 sq. km (0.1% of Poland’s territory)
population: 750,000 citizens
ethnic mix: Polish; small minorities German, Chinese and other
religion: Roman Catholic
country dialing code: 48
city dialing code: 12
time zone: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October)
electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin plugs are standard
average January temp: 4°C (39°F)
average July temp: 27°C (80.5°F)
annual rainfall: 558mm (22 inches)
Krakow was one of first 12 locations in the world that have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Therefore you can not expect to see the whole selection of Krakow impressive monuments in one day.
Rynek Glowny - Main Square
This 200 x 200 meters medieval square is probably the largest of it's kind in Europe. Due to large number of Krakow admirers you will never feel alone here. Till today it is the real center of the city. In summer the terraces are offering few thousands of seats and before Christmas and Easter traditional market is giving the square unforgettable touch.
Wavel - Royal Castle
Even populated already fifty thousands years ago, the most famous period of the Wavel was during the 16th century. The Polish King Sigismund I the Old gathered artists from all across Europe who launched the Krakow Renaissance. Even today the Polish president is having his state apartments in Wavel - the symbol of Poland.
Kazimierz - The Jewish Town
In 15th century Krakow Jews have been dislodged to a nearby city of Kazimierz, where a separate and self-governed life lasted until end of 19th century. Here the infamous Krakow ghetto was created by Nazis in 1941.