St Norbert's Convent in Krakow

 

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Half an hour’s walk from the Wawal Castle there is the picturesque Zwierzyniec district and its pearl – the St. Norbert's Convent.


It was founded in 1162 and belonged to the Premonstratensians until it was handed over to the city of Krakow in 1910. Although it was situated out of Krakow for centuries, it is closely linked to the history of the city. On Easter Monday the streets around the convent are caught up in the Emaus street festival. Part of the fun is a water buttle. A leftover of ancient fertility rites, males (especially adolescents) are expected to soak females (especially young, single and attractive ones) and vice versa.



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