Bronze Cracoviae Merenti Medal for Professor Jacek Purchla

The photo shows professor J. Purchla

Professor Jacek Purchla, the founder and long-standing director of the International Cultural Centre, received the Bronze Cracoviae Merenti Medal. The award justification reads: "the extremely rich and at the same time diverse achievements of Prof. Jacek Purchla, his consistent and active work for our city deserve the highest recognition".

The Cracoviae Merenti Medal is a distinction awarded by the Krakow City Council to individuals, organizations and institutions of particular merit to the city of Krakow. It was established by a resolution of the Krakow City Council in 1992 and has three classes: gold, silver and (since 1998) bronze medal. Among the medal's recipients are: Krzysztof Penderecki, Karolina Lanckorońska, Krystyna Zachwatowicz-Wajda and Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Turowicz, Jerzy Wyrozumski, Karl Dedecius , Jagiellonian University, Wawel Royal Castle, Society of Lovers of Krakow's History and Monuments, Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, now Krakow Museum. 

This year the Silver Cracoviae Merenti Medals were awarded to: the National Museum in Krakow, the City of Krakow Waterworks, and Tygodnik Powszechny. Bronze ones were awarded to Aleksander Łodzi-Kobyliński, Prof. Jacek Purchla, Prof. Andrzej Białas, Andrzej Zarycki and Piwnica pod Baranami.

Prof. Jacek Purchla - Polish art historian and economist, specialist in cultural heritage and history of cities, Cracovian, academic teacher, active member of the Polish Academy of Learning. Founder and from 1991 to 2018 director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, from 2015 to 2020 chairman of the Polish Committee for UNESCO. He was born in 1954 in Krakow and has associated his entire private and professional life with this city. From 2016 to 2017 he was the Chairman of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, from 2000 to 2016 he chaired the Council for the Protection of Monuments under the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In 2017, he chaired the deliberations during the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee in Krakow. Since 2015 he has been the president of the Society of Lovers of Krakow's History and Monuments. Academic teacher at the Cracow University of Economics and the Jagiellonian University. Doctor of honoris causa of the National University of Lviv Polytechnic. In the years 1990-1991 he was the vice-president of Cracow. Founder and from 1991 to 2018 director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow. Author of more than 400 scientific works, more than 70 collective works and many books about our city, such as "Krakow in Central Europe", "Krakow's architectural history in outline", "How modern Krakow came into being". Chairman of the editorial board of the "Encyclopaedia of Krakow". Many times awarded, including: Knight's Cross, Officer's Cross and Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, winner of many foreign decorations and awards.

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