Tourist attractions and other places worth seeing in competition area

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Wawel Royal Castle

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Old Synagogue

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Museum of Municipal Engineering

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Father Bernatek Footbridge

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Nowa Huta

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Pauline Fathers Monastery

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Forum Hotel

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Ghetto Heroes Square - The Eagle Pharmacy

First plotted out in 1836, this public square just across the river from the Powstańców Śląskich bridge has had a turbulent history. Initially it was just an open square, later functiong as a market place. In years 1930-1939 a bus station was established here.

When the Nazis organised the Kraków ghetto in Podgórze, the square became its central point. People were gathered here prior to selection and deportation to concentration camps. When the ghetto was liquidated in March 1943, the square was strewn with furniture, clothes, luggage and other belongings that the victims had been forced to abandon.

This image was used when the square was renovated in 2005. Renamed as Ghetto Heroes Square, it now features 70 large chairs, each symbolizing 1,000 victims of the Holocaust.

Every year on the Sunday following the anniversary of the ghetto liquidation, a remembrance march honoring the victims sets off from the square to the Holocaust monument on the site of the former Płaszów camp.

The Eagle Pharmacy (‚Apteka Pod Orłem’) - When the Nazis created the Jewish ghetto in Podgórze, this pharmacy and its Polish owner Tadeusz Pankiewicz found themselves at the very heart of it. Deciding to stay, Pankiewicz and his staff were the only Poles allowed to live and work in the ghetto and over the two years of the ghetto's existence, Apteka Pod Orłem became an important centre of social life as well as aid in acquiring food and medicine, falsified documents and avoiding deportations. Pankiewicz(recognised today as one of the 'Righteous Among the Nations') and his staff risked their lives in many clandestine operations while bearing witness to tragedy through the windows of the pharmacy as the ghetto and its 15,000 inhabitants were ultimately 'liquidated.' Pankiewicz is the author of a book describing, among other events, the ghetto liquidation.

Today the building is a branch of the Kraków Historical Museum, recreated to look as it did during Nazi occupation, which through traditional and multimedia displays, and extensive testimonials from both Poles and Jews, heartrendingly describes life in the Kraków Ghetto. Information is displayed inside the chests and cupboards of the pharmacy, and visitors are encouraged to handle dozens of replica artifacts and reprintedphotographs, heightening the reality of the events described and creating a very intimate visiting experience.

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