12 walks for 12 months. Secrets of the "Ravens House"

2022-02-12, 11:00 a.m.

We invite you on February 12 for another walk with the International Cultural Center. This time we will discover the secrets of our headquarters, that is the "Ravens House", a living element of the history of the Krakow Market Square.

In the past, the building served as a burgher's tenement house, in the 19th century the Potocki family ran their salon here, and until the outbreak of World War II there was a bank at this address. During the war, the building at the Main Square (renamed Adolf-Hitler-Platz) became the headquarters of the NSDAP for the entire General Government.

The International Cultural Center has been operating in the tenement house since 1991. Architectural remains - medieval cellars, relics from the Gothic and Renaissance times, traces of reconstructions from the 19th and 20th centuries make it possible to understand how Krakow developed and changed.

During the walk we will see the gothic cellars of the building, we will find out who the famous "Anetka" was - Anna Potocka-Wąsowiczowa née Tyszkiewicz, who is responsible for the characteristic shape of the facade and how the tenement house was adapted to the needs of the German authorities during World War II. In addition, we will tell you what the modern, two-stage reconstruction looked like.

We invite you on February 12 at 11.00 a.m. Free entrance. If you are interested in participating in the tour, please contact us by e-mail: serwisaty@mck.krakow.pl

We accept subscriptions from February 7, 2022. The number of places is limited.


Dr. Michał Wiśniewski - a graduate of the Institute of Art History of the Jagiellonian University and the Faculty of Architecture of the Krakow University of Technology. An employee of the International Cultural Center, involved in the implementation of post-graduate studies at the Academy of Heritage and the University of Economics in Krakow. Fulbright scholarship holder (Columbia University). Co-founder and board member of the Institute of Architecture Foundation. He is interested in the relationship between modern architecture and politics.

Author or co-author of several dozen publications on architecture in Poland and around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries, incl. monographs of Krakow architects Ludwik Wojtyczka, Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz and Witold Cęckiewicz. Author or co-author of exhibitions on architecture.

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