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Government Has Bought the Czartoryski Museum.

Lady with an Ermine in Krakow's Czartoryskich museum

Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, Lady with an Ermine, has changed hands together with the entire collections of The Princes Czartoryski Museum in Krakow. Until recently the property of The Princes Czartoryski Foundation, they have been sold to the Polish government for euro 100 million, a fraction of an estimated value, on December 29th, 2016. The deal includes some 86,000 museum pieces and about 250,000 books and manuscripts as well as the buildings of The Czartoryski Museum and The Czartoryski Library, both situated in the historic center of Krakow. Upon the occasion Poland’s Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Mr. Piotr Glinski, promised quick completion of the stalled modernization of The Czartoryski Museum and its long overdue reopening –as a branch of the Krakow National Museum which is to own its collections from now on. For the meantime. Leonardo's Lady with an Ermine will be exhibited in the National Museum's main building at 1, 3 Maja street.

21 More on the World Heritage List.

The UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow July 2nd to July 12th, added 21 new sites to its list of mankind’s dearest treasures. Three of the are nature wonders, namely Argentina’s Los Alerces National Park, China’s Qinghai Hoh Xil, and Landscapes of Dauria in Mongolia and the Russian. Eighteen new cultural sites the committee has voted in Krakow as the World Heritage are Angola’s Mbanza Kongo: Vestiges of the Capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo, Brazil’s Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site, Cambodia’s Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk: Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura, China’s Kulangsu: a Historic International Settlement, the Venetian Works of Defence between 16th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar in Croatia, Italy, and Montenegro, Denmark’s Kujataa Greenland: Norse and Inuit Farming at the Edge of the Ice Cap, Eritrea’s Asmara: a Modernist City of Africa, France’s Taputapuatea (French Polynesia), Germany’s Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura, India’s Historic City of Ahmadabad, Iran’s Historic City of Yazd, Japan’s Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region, Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town in Palestine, Poland’s Tarnowskie Gory Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and Its Underground Water Management System, Russia’s Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the Town-island of Sviyazhsk, South Africa’s Khomani Cultural Landscape, Turkey’s Aphrodisias, and the United Kingdom’s The English Lake District. The Krakow conference also enlarged the area of four already listed sites and decreased one. The separate List of World Heritage in Danger has got two new items, i.e. The Historic Centre of Vienna in Austria and The Site of Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town in Palestine.

The Czartoryski Museum Abridged.

Krakow’s famed Czartoryski Museum will reopen, fingers crossed, in December 2019. But in the meantime the public can see its most valuable items on a temporary show in adjacent Arsenal. The exhibition, called “Most Valuable. The Princes Czartoryski Collection.” displays such gems as Rembrandt’s ‘Landscape with the Good Samaritan’ and Lucas Cranach’s portraits of Polish royalty. Yet the museum’s crown jewel, Leonardo’s “Lady with an Ermine’, remains exhibited separately – in the main hall of the Krakow National Museum at 3 Maja street from May 19th, 2017. Meant as a cross-section of the Czartoryski collections, the show contains not only works of art but also rare antiquities, memorabilia connected with great men and Polish history, documents, and ancient decorative and functional art. The exhibition is to stay open till April 8, 2018. The building of the city arsenal of the 16th century stands opposite the main body of the Czartoryski Museum, across Pijarska street, and has been an annex to it since 1876, housing initially the Czartoryski Library and next, from 1975, the museum’s collection of antiquities.

Cracovia Krakow, the Ice Champ

Krakow’s ice hockey team, ComArch Cracovia aka Cracovia Krakow, has won Poland’s championship for season 2016/2017, the second time in row. In total the club has held twelve titles since 1937 when it prevailed for the first time. In 2006 Cracovia celebrated its centenary as the club’s football team played its first match in 1906.

World Heritage Deliberated in Krakow.

The 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee takes place in Krakow from July 2nd to July 12th, 2017. Following the opening ceremony at the Wawel Royal Castle, the proceedings go on in the ICE conference center at 17 Konopnickiej street and Monte Cassino street. Among other matters delegates of the Committee’s 21 member states are to evaluate 34 new sites nominated for listing as the UNESCO World Heritage. Other participants include delegations of some 190 countries, signatories of the UNESCO convention on the world heritage and the affiliated organizations. The main conference is accompanied by a number of accompanying events. In 2018 Krakow will celebrated the 40th anniversary of its inclusion in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Euro 2017 U-21 Championship in Krakow.

Krakow co-hosts Euro 2017 Under-21 football championship in the second half of June, together with five other Polish cities. Besides Poland eleven national teams qualified, all players aged 21 years or younger. The Krakow venue is Stadion Cracovia stadium, situated just a ten minutes’ walk from Rynek Glowny central square. It has been chosen for the final on June 30th, 2017 as well as one of semifinals on June 27th. Earlier – on June 18th, June 21st, and June 24th – the Krakow stadium is to host matches of Group C which consists of Germany, the Czech Republic, Denmark, and Italy.


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