Old Town Market Square
Old Town Market Square (Rynek), forming the centre of the old town complex, focusing the social, economic and administrative life in the past is still the reflection of the wealth of the burghers and the patriciate. Several storey historic tenements with specific arcades were erected mostly in the 16th and 17th centuries. Reconstructed and refurbished many times, they preserved the character of the Krosno market square. The most interesting vintage tenements include: a corner house at the Franciszkańska Street exit (Rynek 5), formerly called “curia pretoriana” and being the seat of the Town Council in the 16th century, the so-called “kamienica wójtowska” (Mayor’s House) (Rynek 7) with well-preserved four stone columns and a rich Renaissance portal. In the north frontage, there is tenement No 27 owned by Wojciech (Adalbert) Portius – a rich townsman of Scottish origin, a town councillor and a founder of many architectonic and artistic projects in the town; the house was erected in the 16th century and rebuilt in the following century.
Some sensational archaeological discoveries were made on the square area in the years 1999-2001 by the archaeologists from the Sub-Carpathian Museum (Muzeum Podkarpackie) in Krosno. In connection with the replacement of the cobblestone-paved surface of the Market Square, the relics of stone and timber constructions and building, merchant’s stands and counters were found as well as of the water supply pipeline and the municipal sewerage system. At present the outlines of the Renaissance Town Hall and the alderman’s mediaeval stone-built Town Hall tower, an archaeological sensation, are marked out on the market yard paving. Several artefacts, witnessing the beginnings of Krosno, found during the dig, were included in the collection of the Sub-Carpathian Museum.