Fair of Unique Items
Saturday, November 30, 2019, 11:00 AM-8:00 PM
Podgórze Market Square
See the Market Square of Podgórze: the heart of Podgórze and the pride of its...
The magic of Christmas requires a perfect setting, and this year it comes from the Christmas Fair of Unique Items. On 31 November and 1 December, the Podgórski Market Square hosts over forty exhibitors presenting their wares. The rich assortment of merchandise includes Christmas decorations, jewellery, bags for all occasions, natural cosmetics, ceramics, honey, books, board games and toys made of wood, felt and cotton. The exhibitors will be delighted to answer any questions about their craft, and some even hold live demonstrations of their skill such as making jewellery and carving chess pieces out of wood. The programme also includes workshops in crafting Christmas decorations and creative and scientific displays and experiments.
The atmosphere is made all the more festive by myriad concerts and performances, a food zone, an original Victorian carousel taking riders on a magical journey to century-old Christmas fairs, and of course the all-important visit from Santa Claus!
Podgórze Market Square
See the Market Square of Podgórze: the heart of Podgórze and the pride of its inhabitants!
The Market Square of Podgórze, once the centre of an autonomous city, was staked out in the 1780s, when Podgórze became a city. The selection of the place was no coincidence, as this is where roads, important already in the Middle Ages, crossed: they led to Wieliczka (the salt route), Kraków (fording the Vistula River), and towards Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. To make the relatively small area of the square look larger, it was designed in the shape of a trapezoid, tapering towards the church.
The seats of the city’s most important institutions were located on the Market Square, notably the first town hall, and later the famous Pod Czarnym Orłem (Under the Black Eagle, No. 13) inn, and the new town hall (from mid-19th-century at No. 1).
The Parish Church of St Joseph was erected at the southern end of the Market Square in the 19th century, to be remodelled in neo-Gothic style early in the 20th. Its dominant element is the 80 m (262 ft) clock tower crowned with a tall spire, which makes a clear allusion to the medieval dome on the taller tower of St Mary’s: did this express the envy of the proud people of Podgórze?
During the Second World War, the Nazi authorities created a ghetto for people of Jewish origin in Podgórze. Bearing the inscription Jüdischer Wohnbezirk, its main gates stood where Limanowskiego street meets the Market Square of Podgórze.
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