3rd Cultural Borderlands Fair

Friday, October 6, 2017 - Sunday, October 15, 2017

  • Friday, October 6, 2017 - Sunday, October 15, 2017
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Between 6 and 15 October, the Small Market Square presents folk arts and crafts and regional delicacies from myriad cultures from Poland’s southern borderlands. During the 3rd Cultural Borderlands Fair, Kraków is visited by embroiderers, furriers and beekeepers.

For whom: for seniors, for families
Other: open air event, free admission, acceptable for people with disabilities

Small Market Square

Small Market Square

In the Middle Ages, the air over this charming corner was suffused with the aroma of meat and fish, and later also of printing ink!

The Small Market Square provided ancillary space for the Main Market Square from the Middle Ages onwards. It was here that goods that did not look or smell great were sold: mostly meat and fish. The trade (later also with previously enjoyed goods, fruit, etc.) disappeared from here with the advent of modern technology: early in the 20th century a tramline to the Main Market Square crossed the centre of its smaller partner.

Most worthy of mentioning of all the houses standing on the Small Market Square is Szoberowska House (No. 6) with a late Gothic façade. It is here that the first Polish paper, Merkuriusz Polski, was printed in 1661. Malicious tongues add that it was published for not much longer than six months before the publishers moved to Warsaw, yet no one dares to doubt that no other city but Kraków is the cradle of the Polish media.

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