Podgorze, the Other Side of
District of Podgorze stretches on the right bank of Wisla river,
opposite the historic
Kazimierz quarter. The area was incorporated into the
Krakow municipality in 1914. Previously Podgorze had been a city in
its own right since 1784 with a five-year break as a part of Krakow
in the years 1810 through 1815. In fact its history dates back to as
far as the Stone Age and the district boasts one of Krakow's oldest
landmarks, the ancient
Mound of Krak. In the Middle Ages and later on the area
of today's Podgorze served as external industrial colony of
Kazimierz and Krakow with quarries, brickyards, warehouses, etc.
In the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century this
part of Krakow became the city's manufacturing powerhouse thanks to
numerous factories situated here.
Plac Bohaterow Getta square in Podgorze district with 'Chairs',
memorial to the Jewish victims of the Krakow ghetto.
Most tragic chapter of the Podgorze history came under the German
occupation during the World War Two when the Nazis turned part of
the district into a
Jewish ghetto in March 1941 and created a
concentration camp in Plaszow nearby in 1942.
Podgorze of today is a patchwork of
areas and industrial estates with addition of generous amount of
parklands. Noteworthy is its cultural vibrancy plus the district
seems the next frontier of the
nightlife in Krakow as Old Town and Kazimierz are already
overflowing with nightspots. The city's two important new museums
have opened relatively recently in the Zablocie industrial area of
MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, situated side
by side with common address at 4 Lipowa street. Also the Cricoteka
Center for Documentation of the Art and Tadeusz Kantor Museum have
their domicile, since September 2014, in the converted old Podgorze
power plant on Wisla riverbank at Nadwislanska street.
One of Krakow's eighteen boroughs.
Podgorze is formally Krakow's 13th District, its Dzielnica XIII.
It contains the historical town of Podgorze as well as the former
villages of Czyzowa, Zablocie, Przewoz, and Rybitwy. District of
Podgorze has the area of 2,456 hectares and population of 32,200. It
borders with districts 1st (Stare
Miasto - Old Town), 2nd (Grzegorzki), 8th (Debniki), 9th
(Lagiewniki-Borek Falecki), 11th (Podgorze Duchackie), 12th (Biezanow-Prokocim),
14th (Czyzyny), and 18th (Nowa
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