Rynek Glowny Is The World Best Public Square

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Members of PPS, Project for Public Spaces, a non-profit American organisation, have picked their favorite squares, from the largest square in Europe (Rynek Glowny in Krakow, Poland) to Campo Santa Margherita in Italy.

Public squares are one of the delights of vacationing in Europe. They reflect civic pride of place, and often host markets, public art and seasonal festivals. When the sun sets and the heat of the day dissipates, public squares are ideal for relaxing and people-watching. No matter how grueling you've made your vacation, remember to leave time for lingering, it's part of the whole deal.
According to PPS, the Main Market Square in Krakow, which is the largest square in Europe, also happens to be the best. “Rynek Glowny is so dynamic, it pulls you in from anywhere in the city. All roads in Krakow lead you here, and the closer you get, the livelier the streetlife becomes. There is so much going on in this square – at least twenty different attractions at any given time – that it makes our "Power of Ten" rule seem inadequate,” comments PPS.
What Makes Rynek Glowny - Main Square a Great Place?
Access & Linkage - The Main Square is located in the middle of the historical city of Krakow. This place is accessible from every direction via 11 streets and two passages. Main Square is useful for every inhabitant of the city. It’s also the main tourist attraction in Krakow. People can move on its surface basically in every direction and thus are able to find easily its features. Generally it is accessible only by foot. The surface of the Main Square is smooth and made out of large stone boards.
Comfort & Image - The first impression of this place is fantastic. You can sit there on the benches and in the cafés which are located on the sides of the square. There is regular maintenance. The police station, which is located here, is responsible for safety of the visitors. There is no access for vehicles.
Uses & Activities - All areas of the space can be used by anyone. The Main Square offers shopping activities. Visitors can spend the time in cafés located on different floors of buildings, and outdoors in warmer seasons. Different events take place on the Main Square each year. There are several museums, university facilities, churches, theaters, cinemas, galleries, clubs and some important public facilities within the walking distance from the Main Square.
Sociability - Main Square is a basic meeting point for larger and smaller groups of people, as well as both the young and old. Due to the multiplicity of uses of this space, it is attractive to all social groups. Its popularity is very strong among inhabitants of Krakow and the tourists. Main Square is the main element of local pride.

The Ranking of the World’s Best Public Squares:
  1. Rynek Glowny, Krakow, Poland
  2. Plaza Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico
  3. Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy
  4. Piazza del Campo, Sienna, Italy
  5. Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Covent Gardens, and Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom
  6. Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Paris, France
  7. Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic
  8. Plaza de la Constitucion (Zocalo), Oaxaca City, Mexico
  9. Plaza Santa Ana, Madrid, Spain
  10. Plaza de Armas, Cuzco, Peru
  11. Trg Bana Jelacica, Zagreb, Croatia
  12. Östermalmstorg, Stockholm, Sweden
  13. Plaza de Entrevero, Montevideo, Uruguay
  14. Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
  15. Imam Square, Isfahan, Iran
  16. Campo Santa Margherita, Venice, Italy
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