The past has a future - conversation with Prof. Jacek Purchla about Krakow

- A lot has happened during these ten years - just look at the Main Square in Krakow. From our happiness and delight that tourists from all over the world come to us for tourism, which a few weeks ago was a worry for many, not to say a curse - says prof. Jacek Purchla, founder and long-time director of the ICC, in a conversation inspired by the book The past has a future.

The choice of interviews with an outstanding expert on the subject of Krakow's heritage and history allows for a diversified view of the rapidly changing relationship between the past and the future. The book edited by Adam Lejczak was published thanks to the efforts of the Academic Bookstore.

- Talking about heritage is not just talking about beautiful things, the history of art or architecture, philosophy. It is first and foremost a wise management of the resources of intangible heritage, our memory and forgetfulness, but also of material heritage. In front our eyes, Krakow has become a laboratory for the change that European cities are undergoing, like Venice or Barcelona. Heritage has become a flywheel for the development of these cities, but also changed the lives of its inhabitants - emphasizes prof. Jacek Purchla.

In his conversation, he also draws attention to the fact that Krakow is the only large center within post-war Poland that was formed when modern cities were formed at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries as part of the Habsburg monarchy.

- That is why we may feel so good going to Vienna, Graz, Zagreb, Ljubljana and many other Central European cities. Retoryka Street, quarters of elegant buildings from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, Piłsudski Street and a magnificent view towards the Kościuszko Mound are as important and sacred to me as Wawel and Market Square - adds prof. Purchla.

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