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  • Maly Rynek - the Small Market Square.
    Maly Rynek - the Small Market Square.
    by breughel
  • Maly Rynek - Jesuit house.
    Maly Rynek - Jesuit house.
    by breughel
  • Katyn Memorial Cross.
    Katyn Memorial Cross.
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    Katyn Memorial Cross - Grodzka.

    by breughel Updated Jan 30, 2014

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    Katyn Memorial Cross.

    In front of the entrance to the Wawel castle at the end of the Grodzka street stands a memorial cross erected in 1990 on the 50th anniversary of the massacre in the Katyn Forest in Russia, the Kalinin and Kharkov prisons and elsewhere of 21.768 Poles, mainly Polish officers in April 1940.

    This mass murder was carried out by the Soviet secret police NKVD. It was a decision of Beria, approved and signed by the Soviet Politburo, including Stalin. As Polish university graduates were required to be reserve officers much of the Polish intelligentsia was murdered by the NKVD with a shot in the back of the head.

    The mass graves in the Katyn Forest were discovered by the Germans in 1943. The Nazi's used it to discredit the Soviet Union. The Soviets denied but the revelation led to the end of diplomatic relations between Moscow and the London-based Polish government-in-exile.
    The Soviet Union continued to deny the massacres until 1990, when it finally acknowledged the perpetration of the massacre by the NKVD.

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    Maly Rynek - the Small Market Square.

    by breughel Updated May 20, 2013

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    Maly Rynek - the Small Market Square.
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    Behind the crowded Rynek Glowny and Plac Mariacki you will find the very quiet Maly Rynek - the Small Market Square on the back of the St. Barbara's Church.

    I'm tempted to call Maly Rynek the "Jesuits Rynek" because at nr 8 stands since 1615 an important building from the Jesuit's Society. On the right side of my photo the red tower is the back of the choir of St. Barbara's Church (Jesuit's church); the green building is the Jesuit house.

    When the Jesuit order was dissolved in 1773 the building became an academic hospital and later a school. When the Jesuits order was resurrected in 1814, they took again possession of their house and the church.

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    FREE walking tour

    by Dabs Updated Jun 29, 2010

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    Free walking tour

    I had read about the free walking tour of Krakow before I left but the daily 11am tour just didn't fit into our plans. But we happened on the end of the tour when we spotted a fellow VTer by his groovy bright blue backpack and joined for the last 15 minutes of the tour and then they announced there was another tour of the Jewish quarter at 3pm, also free.

    You meet in front of St. Mary's in Krakow's main square and find the guy holding the free walking tour sign for both tours, the Jewish Quarter tour really starts about a 15 minute walk away in Kazimierz. Our tour lasted for almost 3 hours and took in all the sights in Kazimierz, over the river to where the Jews were moved to the ghetto during WWII and finally to Oskar Schindler's factory. Our guide Pawel, a young man of 24, was extremely knowledgable on the subject matter and of Krakow in general, they are licensed guides so don't think that free=crap. At the end of the tour he passes around a bag for tips which is how they earn their living so tip generously if you enjoy the tour.

    The Jewish Krakow tour isn't listed on their website but on the brochure they handed out it says it goes daily at 3pm from March 1-November 30

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  • Free Walking Tour Krakow

    by erintheglobetrotter Updated Apr 14, 2010
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    The main idea Free Walking Tour Krakow is to create such a professional tour in which clients decides on the cost. Tour guides work only for tips so if somebody will not like our tour or simply won’t have any money. But if clients enjoyed it and think that the idea is welcome, then all support is very much welcome. The tips are also the best feedback about the quality of tours.

    All of Free Walking Tours are in english and all of our tour guides are licensed and have rights to guide in english.
    Every single day at 11:00 am Krakow Free Walking Tour is organized. Meeting point is in front of the Saint Mary's Church, on the Main Market Square.
    Weather doesn't matter - tours are going in the rain, snow even -20 degrees Celsius.

    Free Walking Tour Krakow is great opportunity to learn about Krakow's history and see the most important site and monuments, such as:
    -medieval city walls
    -St Mary’s Church
    -Main Market Square
    -John Paul II sites
    -the Wawel castle and cathedral
    -the „Schindler’s List” sites
    -Kazimierz, the former Jewish quarter.

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    Walking around Rynek Glowny in winter

    by budapest8 Updated Apr 19, 2007

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    Cloth hall at night in Krakow Feb 14th


    The Main Square is used by all inhabitants of the city,
    even in the middle of winter it was full of life and
    it's nice to be there when there are not hoardes of tourists.
    It’s the main tourist attraction in Krakow, and even so one
    can still get a feel of the place standing there looking
    at the fantastic buildings and churches.
    The cobbled stoned streets leading into the square
    and the surface of the main square flagged by smooth stones.
    People can move on its surface basically in every
    direction and thus are able to find easily its wonderful features.
    Usually it's only accessible on foot.But you will notice lines of taxis
    parked in some of the streets leading out of the square.

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    Walking in Old Town and Victorian areas

    by bscott1 Written Jan 21, 2004

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    Not only is much of Krakow's Old Town charming, so are the surrounding areas with their Victorian architecture, some of which hasn't fully awoken from a Communist-era stupor, giving the buildings an almost "artsy" sense of decay. I've put together a travelogue on the various side streets.

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    walking in Old Town

    by rolnik Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Old Town was located in present shape in XIII century. It is sorrounded by Planty- the green belt, one of the most romantic XIX-century park which is situated in a place where madieval city walls used to be. The big building with red roof on the bottom of the picture is Wawel Castle with Cathedral. The straight street which leads from Wawel to Market Square is Grodzka Street. Walking in this area and discovering narrow streets, dozen of churches and cosy caffes is really marvellous expierience.

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    Walking through the old centre of Krakow

    by hdv63 Updated Sep 14, 2006
    One of the old streets to the market square
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    We made a long walk through the beautiful old city of Krakow. We had a coffee, a sandwich and a beer and we enjoyed Krakow all day long!
    03-07-2006

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