czwartek, 30 kwietnia 2015

Jagiellonian University

The Jagiellonian University is the oldest university in Poland and one of the oldest universities in Europe. It was founded in 1364, on the initiative of Kazimierz III Wielki, under the name Academy of Krakow. In 1400 was renovated by Władysław II Jagiełło, founded by Jadwiga Andegaweńska. His deep ties with the Jagiellonian dynasty contributed to today's university name.

Jagiellonian Uniwersity occupies the highest place in the rankings of Polish Universities because of the high level of education, which represents and achievements of students and graduates. The university grew over the years and enriched by new buildings. Along with the larger surface area it was also coming departments. Today, the Jagiellonian University consists of 12 departments – almost all fields of science and, additionally, Medical College, which includes 3 medical faculties.

The university has own buildings in the entire city - it has 4 separate campuses. First in the Old Town, the second next to the campus in the vicinity of University of Science and Technology and Agricultural University of Cracow, the third campus was established several years ago in the Ruczaj district, and the fourth is buildings Medical College.

The university provides students not only a very high level of education, but also the overall development interests, aspirations and talents. At the university operates countless scientific and hobbyist group. The university offers students a wide range of cultural projects

piątek, 24 kwietnia 2015

Krakow's mound

Krakow is the champion for the number of mounds located in the city. There are 5. They are popular and attracts crowds of walkers on a warm afternoon. Mounds are the part of landscape of the city and its surroundings. It is believed that they are places of burial and they were places of worship, observation and defense. They were built in prehistoric times, and later served as souvenirs of important historical events and persons, who deserving of commemoration for the country.

Kościuszki Mound - is located on the hill of blessed Bronisława. It was poured off in 1820-1823 and then called Kosciuszko Mound. Its construction was financed by public fundraiser. Mound has 34.1 m high. It is an amazing place, where you can admire all corners of the city. The area around the mound is the place of many outdoor events. Mound is a monument of national memory, because it contains the ground of the battlefields gen. Kosciuszko.

czwartek, 16 kwietnia 2015

Plac Bohaterów Getta

Plac Bohaterów Getta”, once called „Plac Zgody”, hides a rich history. It is located in Podgórze and the first it held there a part of the „Mały Rynek”. In this place was riding school used by the lancers, then a market place where traded pigs and cattle. The boundaries of the square changed - expanded the city and builded new buildings.

In 1915. announced an agreement about connection Krakow and Podgórze, which was a separate city. At the same time, opened a third bridge ( today „Powstańców Śląskich” bridge). A few years later the Society of Friends of Cracow Heritage Square changed its name "Mały Rynek" to „Plan Bohaterów Getta”. This name is connected with the aforementioned agreement.

At „Plac Zgody” was also housed the Bus Station, which handled the lines connecting Krakow with other cities in Podkarpacie province. It was the second bus station in Krakow.

The current name of the square has a close connection with the Second World War. The square was at that time a central point of the Krakow Ghetto (Jewish quarter in Krakow). There, in station building was stationed the police, and the square was a place where people gathered before deportation. People gathered on the west side of the square and in the central part was trucks which were loaded stolen things. In „Plac Bohaterów Getta” made the first selection in the ghetto, and then shoted more than 100 people. There was also the last selection made during the liquidation of the ghetto.

środa, 8 kwietnia 2015

Krakow festivals

Krakow is the first city in Poland, which was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture. It is a big distinction and Krakow certainly deserves on it. For years, is known for organization many events that permanently etched into the calendar of Krakow's cultural events. Look at the short list of several popular events, which are popular not only in Poland, but all over the world.

Misteria Paschalia – one of the most important European festivals dedicated to Renaissance and Baroque music. During the event there are concerts Lenten and Easter music, during this period. The performers are recognized masters of early music. Concerts take place in Krakow concert halls, in the religious interiors and of religious and in the Chapel of St. Kinga in Wieliczka Salt Mine.

International Festival of Independent Cinema Off Plus Camera – World Cinema Festival, which takes place every year in May. As part of the event, we can see the masterpieces of the cinema, which are unknown for the Polish audience. These are ambitious, intriguing, sometimes difficult to read and original cinematographic works, specially selected for other global film events.