Cracow

Historical capital of Poland

The Old Town complex together with the Wawel Hill are on UNESCO’ World Heritage list.

The medieval urban layout of the Old Town has not changed for centuries. Every visitor to Cracow should see Europe’s largest medieval market square, St Mary’s Church with its Gothic pentaptych altarpiece carved in limewood, the Wawel with its royal castle and the Wawel cathedral with its outstanding Renaissance chapel, and the medieval university building of Collegium Maius with its unique collection of astronomical instruments.

The suburban Benedictine abbey of Tyniec (11th c.) is waiting to be entered on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

The Jewish quarter of Kazimierz features a wealth of Jewish heritage with its 16th century cemetery and seven synagogues of which one houses the Jewish museum. Each summer the Jewish Culture Festival is held and attracts Jewish culture lovers from the whole world. They can enjoy music concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions, lectures, art and dance workshops, and have a wonderful time on the closing day of the festival when a great concert takes place on ul Szeroka, ending the event’s festivities late at night. Other cultural events held in Cracow each year attract thousands of visitors.

Municipal Information Center, ul. Szpitalna 25
tel. +(48-12) 432 01 10, fax 432 00 60; www.krakow.pl

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