Kraków Nativity Scene Contest Exhibition

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4:00 PM - Sunday, February 25, 2018

  • Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4:00 PM - Sunday, February 25, 2018
  • Monday, December 5, 2016 - Sunday, February 26, 2017
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The exhibition at the Krzysztofory Palace presents all the works submitted to the 74th Kraków Nativity Scene Contest.

On Thursday 1 December, participants in the 74th Kraków Nativity Scene Contest gathered at 10am at the Adam Mickiewicz statue to present intricate, dazzling constructions inspired by Cracovian architecture. After the midday hejnał bugle call, the colourful pageant strolled to the Krzysztofory Palace where the jury assessed their works in a range of categories including age of artist and size. Points are awarded depending on references to tradition, as well as innovation, colours, architecture and figurines, and of course the overall impression.

On Sunday 4 December, the director of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków, organiser of the competition, announced the winners and opened the post-contest exhibition. The presentation is accompanied by nativities performed by one of the best known families in the field: the Malik family from Zwierzyniec (18 and 26 December 2016, 7 and 15 January 2017, godz. 16.00).

The beautiful tradition, dating back to the 19th century, has been passed down generations and the nativity scene pageant goes on!

For whom: for children, for families

Celestat

ul. Lubicz 16

This is where you can learn the true history of the Silver Fowl, allegedly presented by no one else but King Sigismund Augustus himself to the Kraków Sharpshooters’ Association in 1565.

The symbol and most precious treasure of the Sharpshooters’ Association, incorporated in Kraków in the 13th century to defend the city against its enemies, is the Silver Fowl. Legend holds that it was a present from none other than King Sigismund Augustus himself. The truth can be learned from the exhibition in Celestat presenting the history of the Kraków Sharpshooters’ Association and the city’s defences in the former seat of the brotherhood, where many a distinguished guest has been entertained, notably the Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph I, and where the most precious mementoes of the sharpshooters’ traditions have been collected.

Tickets: regular 8, concessions 6, family PLN 16, admission free on Tuesday

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