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Emmaus

On Easter Monday, the congregation in Catholic churches listen to the Gospel about disciples of Jesus on the road to Emmaus. On that day, the people of Kraków go to the local Emaus: originally a church indulgence and today a festivity by the Church of the Holy Saviour in Zwierzyniec... »

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Premonstratensian monastery
ul. Kościuszki 88

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Rękawka

This name was given to the fair that takes place on the Tuesday that follows Easter on Lasoty Hill, not far away from Krakus Mound, and next to the Church of St Benedict. In pre-Christian times, the mound must have been a site in which Slavic rites were conducted to the forefathers, which celebrated the spring... »

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Near church of St Benedict and Krakus Mound

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Enthronement of the Fowler King, and the Fowler Brotherhood

The city walls of Kraków were built in the 13th century as an answer to the threat from the Mongols (Tartars). The duty of maintaining and manning these rested on the townsmen; they, however, dealt with trade and crafts and not the art of war in their daily lives... »

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Rynek Główny

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Lajkonik

Once a year, on the Thursday following Corpus Christi, crowds gather in the courtyard of the Premonstratensian Convent. Everyone is waiting for the main hero of the day – Lajkonik, or the hobby horse of Kraków – who begins his annual cavorting there... »

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Premonstratensian monastery – Main Market Square

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Wianki – Casting of the Wreaths

Much like in the case of many other traditions, the origin of the casting of the wreaths dates back to pagan times. The Midsummer Night festivity took place on the shortest night of the year, and was connected to the worshipping of fire and water... »

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the Vistula Embankments

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Szopki – Kraków nativity scenes

The Kraków nativity scene (sometimes misleadingly referred to as a crèche) developed in the mid-19th century. Through its richness and reference to local architecture, it remains a unique phenomenon in the world... »

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Main Market Square

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Historical Museum of the City of Kraków

The wartime history of the factory, its owner Oskar Schindler, and the Jewish prisoners of the Płaszów camp became known primarily thanks to Steven Spielberg... »

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Wawel

One of the Wawel Castle’s two artillery towers open for visitors from April to September...  »

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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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