Cracow’s Cloth Hall – a witness the Prussian tribute and fancy balls

Cracow’s Cloth Hall – a witness the Prussian tribute and fancy balls

Did you know what Cracow’s Cloth Hall is not only an old place of clothing trade? Thanks to the localization within the very heart of Cracow, the place was witness in many historical events – both important ceremonies and joyful balls.

Right in front of the southern elevation of today’s monument, the city paid homage to the new rulers at ceremonial occasions. It was here in 1525 that the famous Prussian tribute took place. In 1794, on the square from the current Szewska Street, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, at the head of the uprising, swore loyalty to his homeland. These historical events are probably well known to you, but do you know that the Hall of the Cracow’s Cloth Hall was also a place where distinguished balls were held? The one thrown out in honor of King Stanisław August Poniatowski in 1787 is one of the most famous. It was accompanied by beautiful decorations, the entire Cloth Hall was illuminated using candles and mirrors. Inside were the symbols of trade – candelabras took the shape of anchors and ships and filled the entire hall. The view had to be gorgeous! The ball was also very elegant in honor of Prince Jozef Poniatowski and Napoleon Bonaparte in 1809. The date – August 15 – was exactly the birthday of the emperor. A little later, in 1879, there was celebration on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the artistic work of Józef Ignacy Kraszewski, which was also a major event. Among the guests were celebrities of the theater scene (Helena Modrzejewska), the literary world (Henryk Sienkiewicz) and painter (Henryk Siemiradzki). Although there are no big balls in the Cracow’s Cloth Hall anymore, the place is still enchanting. Here you will discover this magnificent building and its details on a 1:50 scale.

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