The Podgórze Museum

Author: Katarzyna Bury, Melania Tutak Place of publication: Kraków, year of publication: 2018, number of pages: 43, format: 12,5cm x 20cm
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The Podgórze Museum In the guide issued for the opening of a new branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, we can read about the history of the Inn of St. Benedyktem, which for many years stood deserted only recently, has been renovated and was transformed into the Museum of Podgórze, and in its walls was the exhibition City under the mound of Krak.
The exhibition tells the chronological and thematic history of Podgórze and the area on which the city was shaped, its architectural, social and, above all, industrial and commercial development.
The location of Podgórze became an arena of important events aimed at regaining Poland's independence after 123 years of captivity.
Podgórze with a well-developed industry, natural resources and residents, characterized by a very conscious civic attitude - gave the chance to wrestle Krakow from the deadlock.
The two great architects of the connection between Krakow and Podgórze were Juliusz Leo and Franciszek Maryewski, the last mayor of Podgórze, who led to the merger of both cities.
Podgórze was a witness to the romantic uprisings of independence, the tragic fate of their participants and the consequences that affected Poles.
Podgórze experienced the Second World War particularly painfully because in 1941, the Germans established a ghetto in Podgórze for the Jewish population.
The world of post-war chaos - the time of demolition, devastation, war conflagration caused the disappearance of almost the entire Jewish community and a large part of the foothills, who were thrown out of their homes in the area intended for the ghetto.
After the war Podgórze decided to transform into a modern - workers' and folk quarter of the city.
The only joyous accent of this post-war zone is the view of the foothills celebrating the founding act of the then People's Republic of Poland, Józef Cyrankiewicz, for the construction of a modern TVP center in Krzemionki.
The most painful loss of that period was the devastation of the Old Cemetery of Podgórze, the more acute that the cemetery was the resting place of Podgórze's finest citizens and the oldest, just after it was founded, the municipal necropolis of the city.
At the end of the guide, we can read about the Alchemia of the City.
It is a place created for the youngest visitors, but also adults will find something for themselves.
The Alchemy of the City refers to the school of Lord Twardowski, a mysterious magician whose legend is associated with the foothills of Krzemionki teaches that the study of the past of people and places is not only a task of a historian but also a biologist, geologist, archeologist, and discovery can be a fascinating and everyday activity.

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