Kazimierz Jewish Quarter

 

Remuh Cemetery and Synagogue


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It is one of only two still active synagogues in Krakow (besides Tempel Synagogue). It was built in 1553 by Israel ben Josef Isserles for his son Rabbi Moses Isserles whose initials in Hebrew spell his popular name “Remuh”. Synagogue is pretty humble and the small - smallest in Kazimierz.

Old Synagogue


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Old Synagogue is not active today but it is the oldest still standing synagogue in Poland, built in the beginning of the 15th century in Gothic style. After destruction by fire in 1557 it was rebuilt by Italian architect Matteo Gucci in the Renaissance style.

Szeroka Street


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Szeroka Street used to be a centre of village of Bawol, incorporated to Kazimierz soon after its settlement. It still looks like an elongated market square. “Szeroka” means wide and it really is. It is major street of Kazimierz Quarter now with many synagogues like: Old Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue, Wolf Popper's...

Isaac's Synagogue


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It is the largest synagogue in Krakow. It was founded by Izaak Jakubowicz, one of the richest Jews in Krakow in the 17th century. Building was designed by Italian architects: Giovanni Battista Trevano and Giovanni Falconi. Local Christians protested against its construction, claiming it would be too big and they...

New Jewish Cemetery


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It is today the only active Jewish cemetery in Krakow. It was built right after the Remuh cemetery was closed in 1800. It was located outside the walls of Kazimierz and the ghetto. Cemetery was heavily destroyed during the World War 2 when Nazis used tombstones to pave the roads in nearby Plaszow concentration camp.

Tempel Synagogue


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Tempel is Reformed synagogue and one of only two active ones in Krakow today (besides Remuh Synagogue). However the mass ceremonies take place here not very often. It was built in 1860-1862 to a design by Ignacy Hercok.

New Square (Plac Nowy)


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New Square is also known as a Jewish Square. Its current shape and size comes from 1844 when it was lastly planned. Since 1900 a round pavilion has been standing in the middle of the square which contains small groceries, butcher's and famous in Krakow today, fast food point with delicious casseroles.

Plac Wolnica (Wolnica Square)


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Plac Wolnica is located at the cross of Krakowska and Sw Wawrzynca streets in the heart of Kazimierz Quarter. It originated as a part of former Main Market of Kazimierz town from 1335. In the 14th century its size was comparable with today's Main Market in Krakow and it was famous for free trade of meat.

Church of Corpus Christi


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Church of Corpus Christi was planned by King Kazimierz the Great to be the main sanctuary of his new town. Work on the church began in 1340 and continued into the early 15th century. This magnificent Gothic church has octagonal belfry tower, topped by a Baroque crown which reminisce one of the St Mary's Church.

Church of St Catherine


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Church of St Catherine is located not far from the Church on the Rock on Augustianska Street. It is easy to find this beautiful, tall and airy Gothic church raised by King Kazimierz the Great for the Augustinian order. Construction works started in 1342.

Pauline Church on the Rock


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Today's Pauline Church on the Rock was built in 1733 – 1742 by Gerhard Muntzer and Antoni Solari. However the story of this place started much earlier. Skalka (Rock/Cliff) was a pagan religious centre before Christianity came to Poland. Later in the 11th century Romanesque rotunda of St Michael was built here.

Kazimierz Jewish Quarter


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Kazimierz District lies to the south of Wawel Hill. In ancient times it was an island, a branch of Vistula river which does not exist anymore, separated the island from the Krakow Old Town. There were two settlements here: Skalka, which was a pagan religious centre before Christianity and village of Bawol. In 1335...
 
 
 

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