KrakÃ³w (Polish pronunciation: ?krakuf About this sound listen (help?info)), also Cracow or Krakow (US English /?kr??ka?/, UK English /?kr?ka?/),23 is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River (Polish: WisÅ‚a) in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century.4 KrakÃ³w has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic hubs. It was the capital of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland from 1038 to 1569; the Polish?Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1569 to 1596;5 the Free City of KrakÃ³w from 1815 to 1846; the Grand Duchy of Cracow from 1846 to 1918; and KrakÃ³w Voivodeship from the 14th century to 1998. It has been the capital of Lesser Poland Voivodeship since 1999.
Walk on the Main Market
Cracow is typically Polish, a beautiful city, which reflects the history of Polish. Therefore, all schools are trying to organize their students a trip to Cracow. Besides the fact that such a trip can be one of the opportunities for fun and integration with each other the whole class, it can also be an opportunity to explore the history of our country through visiting historical sights. It seems that such places in Cracow is so much that each teacher must choose from among them those that may long remain in the memory of his disciples. A must-visit Cracow after a walk through the market in city and listen to the bugle call from the tower of St Mary's. Hearing such a bugle call live can become for many people an unforgettable experience.
History of Cracow after 1918
After the war, under the Polish People's Republic, the intellectual and academic community of KrakÃ³w was put under total political control. The universities were soon deprived of printing rights and autonomy.63 The Stalinist government ordered the construction of the country's largest steel mill in the newly created suburb of Nowa Huta.64 The creation of the giant Lenin Steelworks (now Sendzimir Steelworks owned by Mittal) sealed KrakÃ³w's transformation from a university city to an industrial centre.65 The new working class, drawn by the industrialisation of KrakÃ³w, contributed to rapid population growth.
In an effort that spanned two decades, Karol WojtyÅ‚a, cardinal archbishop of KrakÃ³w, successfully lobbied for permission to build the first churches in the new industrial suburbs.6566 In 1978, WojtyÅ‚a was elevated to the papacy as John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. In the same year, UNESCO placed KrakÃ³w Old Town on the first-ever list of World Heritage Sites.