Adam Mickiewicz Monument
The monument of the national poet Adam Mickiewicz is situated close to Cloth Hall. It was unveiled in 1898 on the 100th anniversary of his birth. It was demolished during the period of German occupation, but was rebuilt in 1955 on the 100th anniversary of his death. Since then, the monument has risen proudly above the Market.
It has become a tradition that on Christmas Eve, the “name day” of Adam, beautiful flowers from Krakow's florists are laid on the pedestal. The monument is also popular among young people who pass their matura exams. On the morning after their prom, which traditionally takes place 100 days before matura, they come to the Main Square and jump on one leg around the monument. Supposedly, the number of circles they jump corresponds to the grade they want to receive on their exam.