Retoryka Street in Krakow

 

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Retoryka Street is worth visiting thanks to Teodor Talowski – an architect with an exuberant imagination and lively sense of humour, who designed and built here several houses. He worked in the late 19th century and preferred neo-Gothic and neo-Mannerist styles. Houses he built are well known for their startling ornamentation.


At the beginning of Retoryka Street (No. 1) there is a house called “Under the Sign of the singing Frog”, built in 1889-1890. On the top of the building you can see a debonair frog playing his mandoline. This was to remind that when the house was built, Retoryka Street was alive with the croaking of frogs. Nearby there are couple of other houses designed and built by Talowski. Some of them bear such mottoes as: “Think long, act quickly” or “Each man is smith of his own fortune”. Over architect's own house, he put a motto in latin: “Festina lente” (Hurry slowly).



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