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Wavelo rental bikes scrapped December 31, 2019.

The city’s automated, self-service bike rental called Wavelo stops working in Krakow with the end of year 2019. Its operator, BikeU, cites a falling turnover as the reason for the termination. Last October it handled 68,740 rentals compared to 70,445 in October 2018. Unofficially, the Wavelo has suffered from the proliferation of rental electric scooters and its operator complained the Krakow municipality did too little to curb their usage in the city’s historic center. BikeU has unilaterally terminated the contract it won in 2016 to run the Wavelo system till the end of 2024. The Krakow municipality is determined to resurrect the self-service bike rentals one way or another but it’s doubtful they will be able to sign up a new operator before the next year’s summer. The Wavelo could boast 1,500 special bikes and 168 automated stands scattered over the city, particularly in downtown.

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Isaac's Synagogue closed, tenants evicted.

In result of months-old legal dispute between the Krakow Jewish community which owns it and recent tenants, the 17th-century Isaac's Synagogue will stay closed for the time being. Tenancy agreement expired in May 2018 but Chabat-Lubavitch Foundation maintains that its provisions have mandated an automatic prolongation for another ten years. The owners, Jewish Religious Community in Krakow, won the case in the court on September 25, 2018 and locked the Hassidc foundation out of the building in July 2019. Isaac's Synagogue - its Polish name Synagoga Izaaka or Boznica Ajzykaat, at 16 Kupa street and Izaaka street was funded by a fabulously rich local banker Isaac reb Yekele in the 17th century. The stately baroque structure dates back to 1644 and had undergone a major refurbishment in 1857. It was completely damaged by the Nazis during German occupation of Krakow during WWII. The synagogue has been reconstructed in the 1970s and the 1980s. Recently, the building of the synagogue contained offices of the Chabat-Lubavitch Foundation, a video-and-photography show titled ‘In Memory of Polish Jews’, and a souvenir shop.

Krakow Christmas tradition Voted the Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

UNESCO has inscribed the Krakow tradition of building szopka Nativity scenes on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. By the end of November the organization has awarded this status to the Krakow time-honored social practice at its 2018 session on Mauritius. Every year on the first Thursday of December the Krakow constructors of szopkas gather in the city's central square at noon to show their newest works. The szopka Nativity scenes are Poland’s first item ever voted by UNESCO as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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The Czartoryski Museum has reopened at last.

Lady with an Ermine in Krakow's Czartoryskich museum

The Princes Czartoryski Museum, home to Leonardo da Vinci's famous masterpiece, 'Lady with an Ermine', has reopened on December 20th, 2019, Its renovation and modernization took nine years. The Czartoryski Museum is now a branch of the Krakow National Museum Krakow. As the daily number of visitors is limited one needs to book a ticket online well in advance

Krakow Philharmonics Have Moved For a Time.

As the building of the Krakow philharmonic society, Filharmonia Krakowska, at 1 Zwierzyniecka street undergoes modernization its office operations and the ticket box has been temporarily moved to Herbewo building at 64 Aleja Slowackiego avenue till the end of 2019 (maybe somewhat longer). The concerts take place at the following venues: Nowohuckie Centrum Kultury culture centre at 232 al. Jana Pawla II, ZPSM Mieczyslawa Karlowicza at Centrum E (both in Nowa Huta district), Krakow National Museum’s Gmach Glowny main building at 3 Maja street and Adama Mickiewicza avenue, Zydowskie Muzeum Galicja at 18 Dajwor street, and Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego (Polish Aviation Museum) at 39 Jana Pawla II avenue while some events happen in the city’s historic churches.

Veit Stoss Altar

Stoss’ masterwork stripped, piece by piece.

Krakow’s Veit Stoss’s grand altarpiece in St. Mary church, the world’s best medieval sculpture, is undergoing a thorough conservation which requires the temporary removal of its segments. Elements transferred to the restoration workshop are replaced with life-size photos showing the missing parts – cold comfort to visitors eager to see one of the top attractions of Krakow. The renovation of the 42-foot-high and 36-foot-wide masterpiece, which consists of 200 marvelous limewood sculptures, is to last till December 2020 and will cost well over four million euro.

 

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