In 1335 King Casimir (Kazimierz in Polish) the Great founded
a city at Krakow's doorstep, near the ancient
shrine of Skalka, and gave it his own name. He also
endowed the city of Kazimierz with immense acreage and trade
privileges, and dignified it with two imposing churches– of St. Katherine's in the west and of Corpus Christi in the east. The former
is famous for its Gothic high and slender nave with
excellent acoustics and for the grand cloister of the
adjacent abbey with fine Gothic and Renaissance frescos.
The 14th-century Gothic
church of St. Catherine (Kosciol Sw. Katarzyny) is a popular venue
for concerts of classical music.
The 15th-century Town Hall amid Kazimierz's Plac Wolnica
central square was turned in the 16th century into a
Renaissance edifice which now houses the
Museum of Ethnography. Whatever was its king-founder's
intention, the town of Kazimierz remained dwarfed by the
nearby capital city and became Krakow's part in 1800.
The transfer of Krakow Jews to Kazimierz in 1495 gave rise
to its once bustling Jewish quarter which proved to be one of
the most important centers of the Diaspora in Eastern Europe
for the next three centuries.
Since the 1990s the Kazimierz district, notably its northern part
where the Jewish town once thrived, has become as self-consciously
trendy as they come. Now much of nightlife in
is concentrated in the area stretching just a couple of blocks south
of the central Old Town with its Plac Nowy square declared the hub
of the city's bohemian life. Also a number of
Krakow's fashionable restaurants have opened in the area.
seven historic synagogues in Krakow,
dates from 1570.
Parking a car on any street in the entire Kazimierz district
is paid from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays. Motorists should
know how long they want to stay, buy a ticket for the
period, and leave it behind the front windshield.
See map of Krakow's Kazimierz historic district
videos of Kazimierz
Stroll through Krakow's Kazimierz
Poland’s second holiest shrine at the site of St.
Stanislav’s 1079 martyrdom. Splendid Baroque church and fine
monastery modeled on a Renaissance castle
The Kazimierz Jewish quarter was the safe haven for
Jews from every corner of Europe till the 20th c. and a major
center of the Diaspora.
Synagogues in the Kazimierz historic district
Poland's prime tourist attraction and a must in Central
Europe boasts numerous world-class monuments, charming vistas,
delightful atmosphere, and the best restaurants.
City of Krakow map
In the proximity
Krakow is Poland's tourist mecca, and also a gateway to
many other must-see sites in the region.