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Nowa Huta, Krakow

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Nowa Huta - is the easternmost district of Kraków, Poland, (District XVIII, see map). With more than 200,000 inhabitants, it is one of the most populous areas of the city. Neighboring districts until 1990 considered expansions of the original Nowa Huta township, and linked by the same tramway system, include Czyżyny (XIV), Mistrzejowice (XV), Bieńczyce (XVI), and Wzgórza Krzesławickie (XVII, known as Grębałów until 2006). They are now separate districts of Kraków.HistoryThe historic area of present-day Nowa Huta is one of the few places in Poland settled continuously since the neolithic age. Archeological research has discovered a big Celtic settlement and Poland's oldest Slavic settlements there. In the 8th century, a mound was erected nearby by the Vistulans. According to legend, the Wanda Mound is a tomb of Wanda, daughter of Krakus, a mythical founder of Kraków (Cracow). In the 13th century a Cistercian monastery in the village of Mogiła was built.
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  • On the one hand, Stalinism was a great evil on the other assumption of this town despite many flaws is beautiful and intense. This is one of the most interesting examples of Socialist planning in Poland. Very worth seeing.
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  • Nowa Huta is an interesting place to visit to get a feel USSR architecture during Stalin's time. The alley of the Roses shows the spacious city planning which is not seen anymore nowdays. But the most...  more »
  • Of the things that I liked, maybe because I didn't expect that you'd like me. The Museum "Poland under how" well worth to spend a whole morning to read all what there is exposed. A stroll through the streets of the neighborhood is getting into an area that was initially intended as a Socialist ideal neighborhood, but which finally meant the birth of a strong wave of demonstrations against the regime. Highly recommended, especially for the Museum.
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