Town Hall Tower (Lion)

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There were one great big Lion called Wallace;
his nose were all covered with scars.
He lay in a somnolent posture,
with the side of his face on the bars.
(“The Lion and Albert”, Marriot Edgar)

The Town Hall Tower (approx. 70 metres tall) is all that now remains of the once extensive complex of the Town Hall*. The lions are a later addition, arriving during the 1960s (can you count how many years ago that is?). During renovations the lions were moved here from the dilapidated palace in Pławowice and placed in pride of place in front of the building. The sculptures were originally made of white stone, which gradually lost its original colour.

* The building is sometimes known as the leaning tower of Kraków. It leans from the vertical by 55 centimetres. Can you name another famous leaning tower?

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