Name of property: Cracow's Historic Center

Localization: Cracow City is a capital of Małopolskie voivodship.


Category of property: cultural property


Nominated area:

  • Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle and the Gothic cathedral - where the kings of Poland were buried,
  • The mediaeval Old Town within the former fortifications replaced actually by the Planty Park,
  • Kazimierz quarter (the mediaeval site of Kazimierz with Stradom suburb);

Legal situation:

  • legal provision (status): mostly state property;
  • responsible administration: the City Government of Cracow, represented by the City President.

Justification for inscription on the World Heritage List

date of inscription - 1978

criteria met - 4

Criterion 4

The XIII-century urban and architectural complex of Cracow, stretched out at the foot of Wawel Hill, is distinguished by the largest mediaeval market square in Europe and well-preserved buildings, which represent all architectural styles. Among the most spectaculars examples, Mariacki parish church with one of the most outstanding and the largest in Europe Gothic retable altarpiece of the great sculptor Wit Stwosz is worthy of special attention. Further evidence of the town's fascinating history is provided by the mediaeval site of Kazimierz - the former town south of Cracow, with a separate market square and the Renaissance town hall, which became at the end of XV century a Jewish quarter. It is also considered as one of the most important, the largest and the most dynamics Jewish cultural center, from its foundation till the period of Holocaust.The well-preserved synagogues, as well as the R'emuh cemetery can be still found there.



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Naszym obowiązkiem jest udział w zbiorowej odpowiedzialności wszystkich narodów świata za ochronę dóbr uznanych za wspólne dziedzictwo całej ludzkości, bez względu na to, do terytorium jakiego kraju jest ono zlokalizowane.