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Krosno Travel Guide, Poland

Krosno is located near the border with Hungary in the Podkarpackie Province near river Lubatowka and dates back to the mid 14th century when it as founded by King Kazimierz Wielki.

This charming town once called “small Cracow” attracts visitors with its beautiful medieval churches and nice architecture that proves the wealth of its past and present residents and the fact that it was and still is an important town in the country.

Besides architecture the town is known for its oil industry and glassware manufacturing.

Among the attractions we can list The Market Square, The Holy Trinity Parish Church, The Belfry Tower, Franciscans Church, the fortifying walls of the town, the Podkarpackie Museum, The Craft Museum, the Automotive Museum and the Missionary Museum.

The market square is in the center of the old town and it is one of the oldest spots in the town dating as far back as the town’s beginnings. It houses some landmarks like the Alderman’s House dating 14th century and built in Gothic style, the Town Hall dating the 16th century, the house “Under the Clock” that now houses a vocational school, the period house number 27 dating 16th century.

The Holy Trinity Parish Church dates back to the 14th century but it was reconstructed after the great fire that destroyed part of the town in 1638. The interior of the church is very beautiful and well preserved showing some woodcarving dating 15th century.

Located near the parish church, The Belfry Tower is considered a symbol of the town with its onion dome and three large bells one of which is the fourth largest in the country. The clock is made in the local factory. Another church dating the 13th century is the Franciscans Church that attracts the visitors with its monuments.

The wall around the old city is dating the 14th century and judging by its length and thickness one can have an idea on the wealth of the city which was worth protecting.

Still in the field of history the Podkarpackie Museum houses some interesting permanent exhibitions presenting the prehistory of the region, the history of light, the portraits of some landowners in Krosno and the area and some glass work exhibitions.

In the Craft Museum you can see documents and objects that attest the crafts that the people in the region did. Among the crafts we can mention clock work, woodcarving, weaving, iron work and many others. Those who love motorcycles and cars can go to the Automotive Museum and see some old pieces.

But Krosno is not all about history; it is a vivid city with a lively atmosphere, a good place to visit and prices are not high when it comes to accommodation so it is a quite good destination for a low budget.

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