Emmaus 2024

Monday, April 1, 2024, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

  • Monday, April 1, 2024, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Welcome to one of the most colourful, as well as oldest and longest Kraków traditions!

Every Easter Monday, the faithful assemble at churches to hear the Gospel about Jesus’s disciples on their way to Emmaus. Cracovians flock to the Emmaus indulgence fair at the Church of the Holy Saviour and the Norbertine convent in Zwierzyniec. They have been doing so for centuries – according to historians, the Christian indulgence tradition dates back as far as the 12th century, and in fact it may be even older and have roots in pagan rites celebrated during the spring equinox.

The event organised by the Kraków Cultural Forum since 2022 accentuates the ideas to sustain, develop and promote the intangible heritage of Kraków – the stalls offer among others traditional toys such as wooden figures and clay whistles.

In 2024, the Emmaus indulgence fair will take place along the Błonia Meadow due to the roadworks in Zwierzyniecka Street.

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

Błonia Common

al. Focha / al. 3 Maja / ul. Piastowska

Błonia Common (besides the Vistula embankments and Planty Garden Ring) is the locals’ favourite place for walking and relaxing among nature. Covering 48 ha (120 acres), the Common is just 15 minutes’ walk from the Main Market Square. For centuries it served mostly as pasture until the Cracovia Hotel opened in 1965, and cow grazing was banned. Currently, it is a popular place for festivals, meetings, and concerts. The expanse commands a beautiful view of the Lasek Wolski Forest and the Kościuszko Mound. Situated within it are the Józef Piłsudski Memorial Boulder and the Papal Stone, commemorating great Poles.

Initially, the Błonia Common was a property of the Premonstratensian Order, yet in 1366 the nuns did a swap with the city, exchanging the meadow in return for a mansion on ul. Floriańska. The building burned down a few years after the transaction, thus starting a controversy between the order and the City Council that lasted for centuries. Dissatisfied with the unfortunate transaction, the Premonstratensians tried to regain the Błonia, appealing to the king and the Pope. All in vain, however. The great pasture, which Błonia was, remained a property of the city, and the order had to make do with cinders.

Between Focha, 3 Maja, and Piastowska streets, generally accessible

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