Szeroka

Area: Kazimierz

Type: Town Squares

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The historical street of Szeroka is really more of an elongated square than a street and represents the heart of the old Jewish Quarter. It was here in the 14th Century that the first Jews arriving in Krakow set up shop and as a medieval market place the area thrived commercially, something it still continues to do today.

Visitors can still admire the well preserved merchant houses that were built between the 16th to 18th centuries and two of the most important synagogues in the city, the “Old” and the “Remuh,” both of which continue the emphasis of ancient Jewish traditions.

Visitors to Szeroka should look for the ring of Maple trees situated in the far northern corner. Beneath it you will find a small monument on a rock which is dedicated to 65,000 Polish Jews which were martyred here.

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