Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Krackow Old Town - 12 April 2009

Krakow Towers
Jewish MemorialLast night's restaurant was very near the starting point for the Jewish Quarter walk that took us past a number of Synagogues, not all in current use, a couple of Jewish cemeteries and then over the river to the area where the Jews were forced into a ghetto in WWII and then cleared out and deported to death camps. Two short sections of the ghetto wall remain.

A short walk from the ghetto is the factory of Oskar Schindler, immortalized in the book and film Schindler's List. Currently, the factory is being converted into a museum to commemorate the life and times of the Jews in that period.
Jewish QuarterJewish Quarter
Our afternoon walk followed the Royal Route from the Barbican, at one end of the old city, down to the river by way of the Market Square, the largest square in Europe, and the castle on Wawel Hill overlooking the river Wista.
Market stallGhetto Wall
On the way we popped into a number of churches, all richly embellished as is typical of many European Catholic churches.
Main squareBarbican

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