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view of Kazimierz town in the late 15th century

Kazimierz Town in Krakow, Poland

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 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. 

St. Catherina's church  The 14th-century Gothic church of St. Catherine (Kosciol Sw. Katarzyny) is a popular venue for concerts of classical music. 

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. 

Krakow's Old SynagogueOld Synagogue, one of seven historic synagogues in Krakow, dates from 1570

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 Krakow 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.   

Note: 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. 

Restaurants in the Kazimierz area. 

Any following information has been provided by respective restaurants on their sole responsibility. 

Restaurant Edo Fusion in Krakow. Poland

Edo Fusion & Edo Sushi Bar 
Japanese cuisine. 
What distinguishes Edo Sushi Bar (now called “the old Edo”) is its constant adherence to the traditional methods of Japanese cooking, which has won this oldest sushi-bar of Krakow the appreciation of culinary critics and numerous regular customers. In the menu of the new Edo Fusion there are interesting dishes of the Japanese provenance enriched with flavors and aromas evoking Thai, Mexican, and Mediterranean reminiscences. 
Meal for two without wine - about 25 euro
Address: 3 Bozego Ciala street and 8 Miodowa street.  
Phone: (+48) 124222424

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Skalka Sanctuary
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

Jewish Quarter
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

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