Krakow - The Cultural Capital of Poland (A Photo Story)

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20th Dec 2017
Photo of Krakow - The Cultural Capital of Poland (A Photo Story) by Diptarka Gupta

Though the capital of Poland moved to Warsaw more than 400 years ago, Krakow on the banks of river Vistula still remains the cultural, artistic and historic centre of Poland. There are beautiful churches, amazing restaurants, grand architecture, Jewish heritage and museums across the city. Among the first 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites there are two from Krakow - Wieliczka Salt Mine and Krakow's Historic Center. During the World War II, the Jewish population was segregated into the walled area known as the Krakow Ghetto, from where they were sent to nearby Nazi extermination camps at Auschwitz. German businessman and industrialist Oskar Schindler employed thousands of Jewish people from the Ghetto in his enamelware factory and eventually saving lives of around 1200 Jews.

Day 1

St. Mary's Basilica

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Pierogi Smażone (Fried dumplings filled with beef)

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Christmas Market at Old Town Square

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Frying Kiełbasa(Polish Sausage)

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Oscypek(Polish smoked cheese)

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Oscypek wrapped in bacon

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

A shop in the christmas market selling mulled wine that looks like a wine barrel

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

A dish prepared from pork and potato, reminded me of our Bengali style Mutton with potato, haha!!! :P :P :P

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

E. Wedel's Chocolate Bar <3

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Ręcznie Wykonane Praliny (Hand Made Pralines) from E. Wedel

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Going down the salt mine (327m deep)

Photo of Wieliczka Salt Mine, Daniłowicza, Wieliczka, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Statue of Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish Mathematician and Astronomer sculpted out of salt crystal at Wieliczka Salt Mine. The only statue sculpted by artists in the mine, remaining all where done by the miners in their passtime.

Photo of Wieliczka Salt Mine, Daniłowicza, Wieliczka, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

St. Kinga's Chapel inside Wieliczka salt mine. It is hard to believe that the entire hall is made from carved salt crystals and pine wood, even the chandeliers.

Photo of Wieliczka Salt Mine, Daniłowicza, Wieliczka, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

St. Kinga's Chapel

Photo of Wieliczka Salt Mine, Daniłowicza, Wieliczka, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, carved into the rock salt walls

Photo of Wieliczka Salt Mine, Daniłowicza, Wieliczka, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Floor of salt crystal

Photo of Wieliczka Salt Mine, Daniłowicza, Wieliczka, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Underground Lake inside the Salt Mine

Photo of Wieliczka Salt Mine, Daniłowicza, Wieliczka, Poland by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

The Kiss

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

That Smile :)

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Hot Grzaniec Galicyjski (mulled wine)

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Krakow at night

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta
Day 2

Eros Bendato sculpture at the corner of the market square in Krakow

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

St. Mary's Basilica and the Cloth Hall

Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Inside the Museum of Krakow under Nazi Occupation at Oscar Schindler's Enamelware Factory

Photo of Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, Lipowa, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

The desk of the great man - Oskar Schindler

Photo of Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, Lipowa, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

33 empty chairs in the memories of the Jews who died in World War II.

Photo of Ghetto Heroes Square, plac Bohaterów Getta, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

In the Jewish Quarter and the first proper snowfall of the trip!

Photo of Kazimierz, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Tram in Krakow

Photo of Kazimierz, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

View from Wavel Hill

Photo of Wawel Castle, Wawel, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

At Wavel Hill

Photo of Wawel Castle, Wawel, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Vistula river from Wavel Castle

Photo of Wawel Castle, Wawel, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Christmas tree and the Wavel Cathedral

Photo of Wawel Castle, Wawel, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Wavel Cathedral under heavy snowfall

Photo of Wawel Castle, Wawel, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta

Framed...

Photo of Wawel Castle, Wawel, Kraków, Poland by Diptarka Gupta
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