You may remember that a couple of weeks ago, while window gazing in Krakow, I mentioned a museum beneath Rynek Główny. I was intrigued by the thought of what might lay beneath Europe’s largest market square, and thought that you might be too. Just a thought- this walk will not be suitable for claustrophobics. Welcome to Podziemia! (which means ‘under the ground’)
1000 years of the city’s history are represented here, in a project that took 5 years to excavate. A medieval cemetery was uncovered and you can take a fascinating walk back in time.
It’s a slightly eerie but amazing experience. At first I was a little disoriented, trying to decipher Polish signs. But as I looked closer I realised that there were interactive touch screens that would tell me the whole story (and in English, too!). I scrolled back, fascinated, then peered over the shoulders of a family intensely reading, eager for my turn at the next exhibit.
There were numerous videos to distract you, and a wonderful small children’s theatre. Probably my favourite! A chance to take the weight off your feet and listen spellbound as the crow narrates his story.
After the walk-through there is a tunnel with a sequence of mini theatres and you can sit and absorb more of the history, with English subtitles. I found the whole experience quite enthralling. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more by joining a guided tour, but the museum was quite busy that day (a wet one), and I preferred to wander. If you’re ever in Kraków, I could recommend it.
I had very little time to put together this walk, so I’m hoping it won’t seem too rushed. I didn’t want to disappoint and I have some lovely shares for you, but I may not be able to respond. I am unexpectedly in Nottingham when you read this (I have scheduled it, optimistically!) and will chat with you as soon as I possibly can. Much thanks for your patience.
The logo will direct you to my Jo’s Monday walk page and tell you how you can join in. Huge thanks to all my contributors.
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And Jaspa completes his study of a little known part of our world :
Say hello to Paul and find out what a ‘broch’ is. It’s always good to welcome a newcomer :
Happy Bank Holiday Monday in the UK and have a great week, the rest of you!