The Market Square

Its location in the central part of the town hill on the ground slightly lowering towards south was advantageous as far as the rain water drainage is concerned. The proportions of Tarnów Market Square in relation to other towns are rather typical and its 72 are classified it as a smaller one.

The buildings, wooden at first, began to take a brick form from the early 15th c., starting with some brick cellars built under wooden houses. Numerous fires completely destroyed the merchant buildings within the Square by the end of the 15th c. Thanks to the efforts of Jan Amor Tarnowski, the rebuilt houses were given a representative form of typical middle class tenement houses with arcades. However, due to several wars, the town declined and started to develop slowly in the second half of the 18th century, especially during the Austrian reign. Recently the buildings represent various architectonic styles and features.

In the northern frontage the most unique are the houses No. 20 and 21, currently occupied by the Tarnów Regional Museum. Another curiosity is a passage from the early 20th century, which is situated in the western frontage and leads to Kazimierz the Wielki Square.