With the emergence of the Second Polish Republic, Kraków resumed its role as a major academic and cultural centre, with the establishment of new universities such as the AGH University of Science and Technology and the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, including a number of new and essential vocational schools. I was tought by my mother that Kraków is the cradle of Polish civilisation. A center of Polish intelligentsia, academical life due to the Jagiellonian University (Uniwersytet Jagielloński), the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, or the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts (Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Krakowie im. Jana Matejki, ASP), AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków (Akademia Sztuk Teatralnych im. Stanisława Wyspiańskiego w Krakowie), the art scene there of painters, drawers, sculpturists, graphical artists, art critics, art historians, art curators, art galleryists, musicians, playwrights, theatre actors and actresses, poets, writers and probably philosophers too.
Double four wheeled vehicle with manual presented in Krakow before the Barbican. 1925
The National Museum in Krakow, 1930.
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These trees don`t exist today
Neither those drab houses around the Clothes Hall
Hawełka - famous cafe
Once streetcars rode in the Main Square and Old Town streets - today unthinkable
There is, of course, a great contrast between the photos of the past and those of the present. But it's kind of unfair that the old photos are in black and white, and even the most beautiful past venue would not look as attractive as its modern counterpart in color!!
One of the greatest architectonoc disasters happened in Krakow 100 years ago. Instead of renovating,they decided to pull down a ruined tenement house in the Main Square and built a new one. I have always hated the house for its distracting role there and wondered who was responsible.