Krakow's Jewish Quarter

Poland, Krakow Guide (B): Krakow's Jewish Quarter

While it is easy to simply google “free walking tours in Krakow”, I recently came across an app called It is great! I typed in Krakow and found a walking tour of Krakow’s Jewish Quarter and one of Krakow’s Old Town.

Today I joined the tour for Krakow’s Jewish Quarter. The English-speaking tour met at in front of St. Mary’s Basilica in Old Town at 2:30pm. Given it was winter time and dark very early, the tour was two hours rather than the advertised two and half hours. That was fine with me.

From the church we walked to Krakow’s Jewish Quarter, also called Kazimierz. Our first stop was at the Old Synagogue. The Old Synagogue is the oldest synagogue still standing in Poland. It was very important to the Jewish community prior to the invasion of the Germans during World War II. It’s thick masonry walls and heavy buttressing are examples of a rare Polish Fortress Synagogue.

The Germans ransacked the building and then used it for ammunition storage. In addition, the Germans executed 30 Polish prisoners at its wall. Due to blood being at the scene, the building is not kosher, and no services were ever resumed. Today the synagogue operates as a museum.  ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Krakow's Jewish Quarter
Guide Location: Poland » Krakow
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: the Old Synagogue   Nissenbaum Foundation Memorial   The Remuh Synagogue   statue of Jan Karski   Plac Nowy   Corpus Christi Church   Bridge of Love   Ghetto Heroes Square   Apteka Pod Orlem   Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory   The Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow   the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow  
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
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