Long before Nowa Huta became known to the world as the ‘model socialist town’, it was an important settlement in itself – in fact, people have been living there for at least 20,000 years.
A new exhibition at Kraków’s City Historical Museum explores the archaeology of this outlying district, drawing on excavations carried out during the construction of the Nowa Huta steelworks and investigations of Kopiec Wandy, a mound of earth said to mark the resting place of the tragic, legendary Princess Wanda, who drowned herself rather than marry against her wishes. Nearby stands the Mogila Cistercian Abbey, which has been there since the 13th century and is still among Poland’s most important places of worship.
The exhibition will be split between two sites. The main branch of the museum, at Pałac Krzysztofory, Rynek Główny 35, will focus on the archaeological aspects, until November 10. At the Nowa Huta branch of the museum (os. Słoneczne 16), the folklore and legends surrounding the history will be under the spotlight, until February 17 next year.