March Against New Shopping Centre in Krakow

This Saturday, March 22, demonstrators will march in Krakow protesting plans to demolish the Cracovia Hotel and replace it with a shopping centre.

The Cracovia Hotel, situated on the southern end of the Błonia meadow, opposite the main building of the National Museum in Krakow, has lain empty since 2011.

Designed by architect Witold Cęckiewicz, the Cracovia Hotel was one of the largest and most modern in Poland when it opened in 1965. The current owner, Echo Investment, has already built 18 shopping centre in Poland and intends to open a new one on the site.

The demonstration’s organisers, ‘Hotel Cracovia Pany,’ have adopted the slogan ‘Chciwość Miasta,’ (Greedy city) and accuse the developer of placing profit above considerations for the sensitive nature of the site.

Hotel Cracovia Pany are asking participants in the march to wear gold-coloured clothing and have prepared gold masks and a ‘golden calf’ to symbolise greed.

In January, a 37m² mosaic created by Helena and Roman Husarski was rediscovered in the hotel, hidden behind plasterboard.

An exhibition entitled ‘Chciwość Miasta’ will be held in the Małopolska Garden of Arts from Friday, March 21, featuring the work of Helena and Roman Husarski, Cecylia Malik, Bartolomeo Koczenasz, Michał Lichtański, and the Group Blue.

3 thoughts on “March Against New Shopping Centre in Krakow

  • March 21, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Do not forget to mention that the Hotel was first sold by a city to a company known for such investments and just after the transaction was completed it was listed as a monument.. smelly!
    Btw: guys on the picture look like prime customers of such shopping centers..
    Plus city of Krakow has a longer list of buildings like above mentioned hotel, currently in ruin..
    IMHO: no reason to cry, there are plenty of other nice, good looking and well kept buildings in Krakow, there are many hotels, Cracovia as a shopping mall/apartments area will bring more profit to a city than Cracovia as an old hotel used in non comercial way, lika a yet another museum, theater or other kind of public friendly places – there are plenty of them..
    A good question to ask to protesters: what should be Cracovia used for + how often do they go to such places..

  • March 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Another worry would be..if the building is torn down, then what would be the style of the architecture of the new shopping center? My worry is that it would be too modern. I hope if it is built, that it stays with the beauty and charm of Krakow and not some gaudy, ugly modern structure. Keep Krakow “old!”

  • April 28, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Leave this grand old building alone.


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