About Cracow

About Cracow

For a period of over more than five centuries and a half, from 1040 till 1596, Cracow was both the royal seat and the capital city of Poland, later, when it no longer performed capital functions, it remained a scientific and cultural centre significant for Poland. Fortunately, subsequent historical war-clouds left the city's enormous monuments untouched.

Registered by UNESCO into the list of the World Heritage, Cracow's historic centre - the Old City with Wawel, Kazimierz and Stradom - gathers the most significant monuments of Polish history: approximately 3 thousand of architectural ones and museums without which it is not possible to touch upon art history in Poland.

Cracow, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Central Europe is the EUROPEAN CITY OF CULTURE 2000. Cracow has a unique charm created by centuries of history and cultural wealth. With its very special climate of culture and arts, this city teaches us the history of Poland and Europe.

Cracow is the place you will keep coming back to, each time to discover new objects of startling beauty. In Cracow live Krzysztof Penderecki - composer and conductor, Andrzej Wajda - director, member of the 'Immortal Circle' of the French Academy of Fine Arts. Wisława Szymborska - poet and literary critic. Awarded Nobel Prize for literature in 1996, after other Poles Henryk Sienkiewicz, Władysław Reymont and Czesław Milosz.

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