"Great Krakow" exhibit: The city presented in old photographs

An exhibition opened recently at the Walery Rzewuski Museum of the History of Photography. From July to October, the exhibit will show old Krakow’s architectural development between the years 1909-1939. City plans, maps and photographs reveal places no longer in existence and how the absence of some buildings in Krakow would make life very difficult to imagine today. “Great Krakow” is a slogan from the beginning of the 20th Century. Just a century ago, the city included primarily what is now referred to as the Old City, while the current outer districts were just small surrounding villages. An idea was conceived to annex the neighboring communities between 1910-1915. At the time, the plan seemed pompous, becoming the object of constant ridicule and satirical articles.Contrary to the predictions, however, rural areas annexed to the urbanized city did not make it more “great.” Resulting from the development boom, the newly annexed districts acquired Krakow’s Three Poets Avenues. Replacing a former ring road, the spot became the center of new series of monuments.
The Museum of History of the Photography ul. Jozefitow 16Phone: 634-59-32, fax: 631-04-56 www.mhf.krakow.plGallery open:Wednesday ? Friday, 11:00-18:00 Saturday ? Sunday, 10:00-15:30Tickets: Normal – 5 zloty, Reduced – 3 zloty     Sunday admission free

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