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Rynek Underground Museum, Poland

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Rynek Underground Museum, Poland

The Rynek Underground Museum sits about 15 feet below the surface of the Main Market Square (Rynek Główny) in Krakow, Poland. This is an ancient area, with a history dating back more than 1,000 years. This long (and colorful) past is still evident in the ground just beneath the marketplace. A recent archeological project uncovered artifacts dating back to the 11th century. A thousand-year-old cemetery, the remains of wooden huts from medieval times, and a variety of other intriguing remnants of the past have been unearthed. The excavation area was recently converted into an underground museum with exhibit spaces. History buffs and casual curiosity seekers alike will appreciate the chance to see some of the archeological finds in the exact places where they were originally uncovered. Some of the high-tech, plasma-screen displays may make this seem like a less-authentic, less-mysterious underground attraction. However, the artifacts themselves, including a well-preserved cobblestone road and wooden huts, really make Rynek a worthwhile subterranean destination.