• Karmelicka Street

    This time a great edition of the long-awaited surprise. Let’s reveal the secrets jump the gun. Yes, we moved to Karmelicka street! 

     I do not think anyone needs to be explained that Karmelicka reaches Planty Krakowskie, which surround the oldest and most beautiful part of the city and the Market Square itself. 

    There is still a lot of work in the apartment and the younger sister came to stay here and make some mess. In this case, all that remains for me to do is present you one of the most beautiful tenement houses I know. 

    The whole building was renovated about a year and a half ago. It gleams with freshness and exudes a regained brightness. 

    The apartment we invite you to is located in the unusually beautiful and well-kept outhouse.

    The views are also lovely – how  I love such ivy :).

    So climatically …

    Details makes me melt.. A small cracked frog under the courtyard tap with water – charming.

    How many steps, how many feet, how many generations have left their mark here … 

    Although the tenement house has undergone a great change recently, for example, such beautiful doors to basements and utility rooms have survived. 

     In the apartment itself? There will be a time for boasting. At this point, we are fighting the budget with ingenuity and willingness. One thing I can promise is that you can still talk in the kitchen at morning, sitting by a comfortable table…..

    and other rooms will be able to amaze you. 

     

    Yes, it won’t be an ordinary apartment. It will be an apartment with a heart and with a soul … and a bit of fantasy. 

     The flat will be available to guests from mid-July, and today we invite you to comment. How do you like it? 

  • “A bird from Łobzów has flown …”

    Since we have been offering you flats in slightly different areas of the city than the one I have described earlier, this time I decided to prepare a post about Łobzów for you.

    The northern villages of Cracow have always been extremely important for the city, which is why it is not easy to choose the most interesting issues of Łobzów throughout the history of Cracow. Today I will focus on a few very old ones, those that have actually influenced the history of the city, and in addition have a special sentimental meaning, shaping the identity of this place on the map of Cracow.

    Just a few steps from our apartment, you can touch the walls of the Royal Palace in Łobzów, or take a walk along the alley marked out by the former channel of the Młynówka Królewska. Nineteenth century villas that still remember the mainstream of Młynówka and a great plate from the time when the trough was covered. Wooden houses with gardens and the first Cracovian skyscraper. Urbanistic mess, or a walk full of surprises? Convince yourself. 

    The former riverbed of Młynówka Królewska. 

    Already in the 13th century, Młynówka Królewska was flowing through Łobzów. It was an important engineering venture, a channel leading the Rudawa river up to the Dominican Church, crossing the Main Square. This earth aqueduct was commissioned by Władysław Łokietek and changed the face of Cracow. 

    The former riverbed of Młynówka Królewska. 

    Along the Młynówka as the name suggests, mills were created, which not only had grain for flour and groats. Fullers who slaughtered the cloth worked on them, as well as knives which were sharpened in there. Mills on Młynówka were thriving enterprises that give jobs and support to many people. Today on Dolnych Młynów street, you can try a tasty vegan burger and instead of the sound of water driving mill wheels, to be pensive listening to the noise of the coffee conversations. People kept fishes in the waters of Młynówka, irrigated the fields by it and also water the cattle. Many generations of Cracovian craftsmen worked at its banks: skin dyers, potters, purse-makers, feeders and brewers. In the vicinity of the Market, the water of Młynówka entered the aqueducts, which distributed them to burgher houses, and even to Wawel itself. In the 1960s, Młynówka was filled up. Unpeaked elements of the channel can be viewed, for example, in Mydlniki. Recently, water began to appear there after 50 years of dry spell. 

    Monumental elm at Młynówka near the Palace in Łobzów

    Młynówka on the Łobzów section is now a very long park. It has the form of an alley along which a bicycle path runs. Planted with trees, charming corners with playgrounds, benches and even a small library in the open air. Today, it is hard to believe that water once flowed here. Its last witnesses and evidence for its existence are old elms – natural monuments, which you will find a few minutes from our apartment. 

    The renovated part of the Palace with the developed area, versus the part waiting for revitalization. 

    If you already find Młynówka, only a few minutes separates you from the Royal Palace in Łobzów. The history of today’s extensive and representative residence dates back to the 14th century. Kazimierz Wielki built a fortalicium on the trade route leading to Silesia. It was a castle with a tower whose function was to defend the city from the north. The King’s plan foresaw another role for it – his lovers lived here. The most famous of them and most beloved by the king was the legendary Esterka. 

    “Kazimierz Wielki u Esterki” Wł. Łuszczkiewicz

    For generations, the Esterka mound was located in the area of ​​the later palace foundation. Today, it’s hard to find it, although some people say they can indicate its place. Over time, the fortified character of the building softened the charm of the area and peaceful times. King after the king came to Łobzów treating it as a summer residence, expanding and rebuilding in a new style. 

    The palace was surrounded by orchards, farmlands, gardens and granges. The Queen Bona Sforza, arrived here with her Italian. She was also known for her culinary tastes.  

    Subsequent kings grew even figs and melons here, putting a lot of effort into this undertaking. “This place seemed to me to be the most beautiful, nature itself has made it to decorate it… I saw here a few centuries old trees, arbors from huge hornbeams, sky-high firs, streets so condensed that the sunlight will not squeeze through them and I have walked on them with the great king’s shadows and his beautiful lover “-Jan Duklan Ochocki. 

    Throughout history, the palace was often destroyed and rebuilt, only Wazowie lost interest in it. Unfortunately, today there are blocks of flats on the Royal chernozems. We will come across a mysterious stone wall while walking between them, and behind the wall… a garden?  

    Yes, this is the wall of the old palace. Now it covers an unusual store – a truly enchanted garden. Even if you don’t intend to buy lime trees or hydrangeas, you should visit it – it’s worth it. 

    Today, the palace belongs to the Cracow University of Technology, and within the park there is a sports stadium with a running track (there probably should be found the Esterka mound), tennis courts, and if you come to us with kids, you will find a very nice playground there. 

    At the end of today’s post I would like to mention the most important streets of Łobzów: Kazimierz Wielki and Królewska. Our flat is in between them. 

    On the left, a very tasteful furniture store (until today it has survived in the form of the deteriorated style). In the background, you can see a tall brick house. There is now a building between the first and the second plan. In the picture on the right you can see Biprostal in the construction phase. As you can easy conjecture, this technical wonder is older than our apartment  – the discovery of these photos was a surprise to me. Our building was originally built with kitchens and tiled stoves, and next to it was a real skyscraper. 

    The history of Kazimierz Wielki street dates back to the Middle Ages. At that time it was a route marking Kazimierz Wielki the way to his beloved Esterka, waiting for him at the castle in Łobzów. Before the war, when there was no Królewska street, it was used for trams, and beautiful villas for professors from the University and rich entrepreneurs. In order not to look far, in front of our apartment there is a beautifully revitalized villa of the professor at the Fryderyk Pautsch Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow.

    You can enjoy a coffee or a snack in a lovely garden in there. If you would like to see more buildings like that, we recommend a walk towards the Market Square – around the Aksentowicz Square. 

    In 1913, the construction of Królewska street has started, which is now the main street connecting Market Square and Bronowice with a brilliant tram connection. In this way, in 5 minutes from our flat on Karmelicka, we will move to that in Łobzów and vice versa. They are only separated by 3 stops, and on foot it won’t take us more than 20 minutes. 

     

    Plac Inwalidów and the beginning of Królewska street. In 1938 it was called Reichstrasse.

    During the Second World War, Germany completed the construction of Królewska street. They planned and built a whole residential estate along the street with infrastructure for 40,000 of their citizens. Like blocks of flats, but built according to the principle of Licht und Luft (light and air) give an example of thoughtful and pleasant to live architecture. 

    A shelter under Plac Inwalidów. Picture from krakowskiezakamarki.wordpress.com

    As in the war, the system of shelters was not spared, the largest of which is located under the Park Krakowski. It is sometimes opened to visitors. Our building also has its own modest shelter, although it was created when there were no long-time occupants in Cracow. In 1941 the tram line from Kazimierz Wielki to Królewska was moved. 

    You have to mention Biprostal when writing about Królewska. The first ultramodern skyscraper in Cracow was built in 1964, at that time our tenement house was being built, right at the foot of the 15-storey tower impressive for those times. Biprostal for 25 years was the highest skyscaper in the city and to this day it arouses considerable sentiment among residents by remaining an icon of local modernism. On its blind wall one can admire perhaps the largest (670m2) in Poland large-format mosaic (Celina Styrylska-Taranczewska). Her fate hang in the balance when in 2008 it was decided to renovate the building. Thanks to the care of the residents and the decision to put in on the monuments list, it is still easy on the eye. Probably not many people manage to enter the roof of the Łobzów colossus, but I can assure that the views from there are wonderful. View from Biprostal to the north Cracow

    A little to the right from the center of this photograph you can see the building in which our flat is located. It is located exactly in the middle, between the obscured large trees at Królewska (left side), and Kazimierza Wielkego which is designated by the second greenbelt just before the high-rise buildings (right side). 

    So in short, selectively and very cursorily, this is how the history of the main arteries of Łobzów looks like. Complex, episodic and very interesting, just like the history of Łobzów itself.