The Salt Square (Plac Solny)
Salt Square possesses many symbols of former merchant force of Wroclaw. This is why we went sightseeing this part of the Old Town with curiosity. As a result we are hereby able to share our impressions and gathered information.
Wishing to hit Salt Square we headed to the south-west corner of the Main Market Square. After a while, we beholded a beautiful sight of founded in 1242 an auxiliary market famous for salt trading. Below you will find photos and descriptions of interesting monuments of the square.
Florists on the Salt Square
Entering the Salt Square from the Main Market Square side our attention was drawn by numerous florists on the central part of the square. As it turned out, these florists are open till very late at night.
South side of the Salt Square
As you can see in the pictures, the florists are located in front of the building of the Old Exchange, and a fountain is located in front of the florists. This is the southern frontage of the square. Classicist building of the Old Stock Exchange is a tenement house from 1824 located currently at a number 16. The Old Stock Exchange is a symbol of the former merchant character of the city. There is a coat of arms of Duke Wratysław on it. Duke Wratysław was the founder of Wroclaw.
Eastern side of the Salt Square
On the eastern frontage of the Salt Square the red Art Nouveau building of the former Department Store from the beginning of the 20th century strikes in eyes. Tenement house is at a number 12. On its right side, you will see three other historic tenement houses.
Figurines of Negroes on the Salt Square
At Salt Square we noticed two tenements decorated with figures of Negroes. One of them is the Tenement of the Negro, located in north side of the square, and the other is the Tenement under Three Negroes in its north-west corner. Interesting stories are associated with them. More on this topic I wrote here: Negroes in Plac Solny.
Guinness Irish Pub
Tired of exploring Wroclaw on a hot summer day, we decided to join the Irish Pub on the Salt Square. We were attracted by the great advertisement of Guinness. The choice turned out to be perfect! The decor of the pub is very original, and delicious cold Guinnes is poured from the barrel.
The shelter under Salt Square
We were surprised by the fact that there is a post-German air-raid shelter under Plac Solny. During the war all utilities were brought to the shelter, it was fully equipped and could accommodate up to 800 people. Today you can go sightseeing the shelter on weekends. The entrance to the shelter is located next to the entrance to the women's toilet on the Salt Square.
Salt Square (Plac Solny) on the Wroclaw sightseeing map