In the Middle Ages, town squares such as the Rynek Gówny were built to support commerce. Kraków's Cloth Hall, which occupies a valuable chunk of real estate in the middle of the square, harkens back to this original purpose. The first stalls on this site date from before the 14th century. The ancient Cloth Hall burned down in a fire in the 16th century and was replaced by the current Renaissance building. Today, the Sukiennice plays the invaluable role of providing one-stop shopping for all those souvenirs you'll need to buy for the folks back home. The Polish crafts on display here, including carved wooden boxes, chess sets, lace, linens, and (naturally) amber are all of good quality and priced competitively with other shops around town.