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Jewish Heritage Route

Jewish Heritage Route

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Stops on your route:

1. Szeroka Street » 2. Old Synagogue (Alte Schul) » 3. Remuh Synagogue and Cemetary » 4. Popper Synagogue » 5. High Synagogue » 6. Isaac Synagogue » 7. Kupa Synagogue » 8. Nowy (Żydowski) Square » 9. Tempel Synagogue (Progressive) » 10. New Jewish Cemetery

We shall see the oldest Jewish sacred religious building in Poland which still stands along this route, the grave of a famous Rabbi which the Nazis did not dare tear down, a synagogue with stained-glass windows (a true rarity!), and the family home of the queen of cosmetics, Helena Rubinstein who hailed from Kazimierz. From the Middle Ages to the catastrophe of second world war Kraków – and especially Kazimierz – was counted among the greatest centres of Jewish activity in Europe. This route lets us discover some of its secrets.

The oldest known panorama of Kazimierz district from 1493 Hartmann Shedel's

The oldest known panorama of Kazimierz district from 1493 Hartmann Schedel's "World Chronicle"
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Jewish Heritage Route

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Szeroka Street

The street is actually an elongated old market square. Standing along its sides are ancient synagogues, a mansion, and dignitaries' houses from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries... »

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between Miodowa and Ciemna streets

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Old Synagogue (Alte Schul)

Kraków’s oldest synagogue was most probably built soon after the enforced exodus of Kraków Jews to Kazimierz following the decree of King John Albert (Jan Olbracht) of 1495... »

Venue/Address:

ul. Szeroka 24

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Remuh Synagogue and Cemetary

Consent to build the synagogue was granted by King Sigismund Augustus (Zygmunt August) himself to the wealthy merchant Isserl ben Josef. It was to be a gift for his son, Moses Isserles, known as Remuh... »

Venue/Address:

ul. Szeroka 40

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Popper Synagogue

Founded in 1620 by Wolf Popper, a tycoon well-known in Europe, was considered the richest and well-equipped synagogue in Kazimierz. During his prayers, Popper used to stand on one leg, hence his nickname Bocian (Stork)... »

Venue/Address:

ul. Szeroka 16

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High Synagogue

Built in 1556-1563, this was among the richest synagogues in the Jewish town in Kazimierz. Its name is associated with the location of the men's prayer room on the first floor... »

Venue/Address:

ul. Józefa 38

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Isaac Synagogue

The synagogue was built in 1638-1644. It was founded by Isaac son of Jacob, a merchant and a banker, senior of the Jewish Religious Congregation. The merit of the banker’s arguments, that enabled the synagogue's erection, was discussed for more than a year and a day... »

Venue/Address:

ul. Kupa 16 / ul. Jakuba 25

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Kupa Synagogue

The not very imposing building takes its name from the Hebrew, and is derived from the word kupah meaning money, as the construction was paid for from the money of the Kehila, i.e. the authorities of the Jewish community... »

Venue/Address:

ul. Miodowa 27

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Kraków’s oldest synagogue was most probably built soon after the enforced exodus of Kraków Jews to Kazimierz following the decree of King John Albert (Jan Olbracht) of 1495... »

 
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