This city centre square is smaller and more intimate than nearby Masaryk Square, but contains some beautiful examples of showpiece architecture forming a unified complex of Art Nouveau buildings. The last of these to be built was no. 10, which today stands out as the main highlight of the square. It was constructed as a three-storey building in 1912 by the Ostrava lawyer Karl Kraus according to a design by the architect Ludwig Faigl.
Jirásek Square is one of the city’s favourite squares, and is popularly known as the ‘Chicken Market’ in recognition of its former function. The square was formerly named after the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef to commemorate his visit to Ostrava. As in the past, the square remains a vibrant commercial centre, lined with various shops, cafes and restaurants.