The market square formed the centre of economic activity in the shtetl. It was here that, every week, products were exchanged between town and country. It was flanked by "superior" houses, i.e. brick or stone ones (Polish kamiennicy). (Marie Schumacher-Brunhes, Lille)
View of the market square, Rzhyshchiv, Ukraine, black-and-white photograph, ca. 1900, unknown photographer; source: © YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York / The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe.