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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.

Krakow Christmas crib

New City Council, Old Mayor - Local Elections. The incumbent Mayor of Krakow Prof. Jacek Majchrowski got 61.94 percent of votes in the mayoral race runoff on November 4th and thus he has secured his 5th term in office. His opponent, Miss Malgorzata Wassermann, a prominent member of Law and Justice party and a sitting Member of Parliament, scored 38.06 percent. Two weeks earlier the coalition of the centrist Civic Platform party (Platforma Obywatelska - PO), center-left Nowoczesna party, and supporters of the Krakow mayor have secured 23 seats in the 43-strong City Council in local elections on October 21st, 2018. Their main opponents, the right-wing Law and Justice party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc – PiS), will have 16 councilors, while the remaining four seats went to a failed mayoral candidate and his three supporters.


The Czartoryski Museum may reopen before 2020. The modernization of The Czartoryski Museum in Krakow is to be completed in the autumn next year, so its long overdue reopening may take place - fingers crossed - in December 2019. For the meantime, Leonardo's Lady with an Ermine will be exhibited in the National Museum's main building at 1, 3 Maja street. The Polish government has bought the entire collections of The Princes Czartoryski Museum from The Princes Czartoryski Foundation on December 29th, 2016.

Lady with an Ermine in Krakow's Czartoryskich museum

Krakow National Museum Is to Get a New Branch. The National Museum in Krakow will open a brand-new branch to display its collections of the Polish design and architecture, from fashion to furniture to interior decoration. It will be situated in the recently purchased building of Hotel Cracovia, opposite the main hall of the Krakow National Museum. The hotel, completed in 1965, is considered a good example of the Polish 20th-century modernist architecture. As the structure requires conversion and modernization, it will take years to open the new branch of the National Museum. But as early as next May the building is to host the first temporary exhibition.

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 2020 or longer and will cost well over three million euro. 


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