Krakow Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of its UNESCO World Heritage Listing

From September 7th to 9th, Krakow is celebrating the 45th anniversary of its UNESCO World Heritage listing. This significant event transformed our city and elevated its international prestige. During these festivities, numerous events, symposia, exhibitions, and meetings will take place to commemorate this important milestone and emphasize the significance of Krakow's cultural heritage.

Krakow's inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978 marked a turning point in the city's history. Krakow joined the exclusive club of only twelve places worldwide to receive this prestigious recognition. It was also the first location in Europe to be recognized not just for individual sites but for an entire urban complex, encompassing the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill, the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Stradom district.

Krakow's inclusion on the UNESCO List sparked a movement to preserve and restore the city's historic landmarks. The establishment of the "Społeczny Komitet Odnowy Zabytków Krakowa" (Social Committee for the Restoration of Krakow's Monuments, SKOZK) played a pivotal role in safeguarding the city's cultural heritage. In subsequent years, Krakow evolved into a city rich in culture, history, and art, attracting both tourists and culture enthusiasts alike.

The anniversary of Krakow's UNESCO listing provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on how far we've come and the importance of continuing efforts to protect and promote our cultural heritage. Krakow consistently introduces new solutions to preserve the authenticity and representativeness of its historic center, all while fostering urban development.

The anniversary celebrations encompass various events, including exhibitions, concerts, symposia, and meetings. It's worth noting that Krakow also hosts the European Heritage Days, enriching the city's cultural program. The 45th anniversary of Krakow's UNESCO listing is an occasion to unite the Krakow community and celebrate our city's history and culture together.

Let's commemorate the 45th anniversary of Krakow's UNESCO World Heritage listing and revel in the cultural heritage that makes our city globally unique. Krakow blends history, tradition, and modernity, creating a unique atmosphere that draws people from around the world.

Therefore, we invite all Krakow residents and visitors to participate in the festivities and celebrate with us!

Program of Events for the 45th Anniversary of Krakow's UNESCO World Heritage Listing

September 7, 2023

  • Inauguration of the Europa Nostra Heritage Hub
  • Opening of the exhibition "45 Years of Krakow's Restoration – a City on the UNESCO World Heritage List"
  • Vernissage of an exhibition dedicated to the activities of the Social Committee for the Restoration of Krakow's Monuments
  • Presentation of the European Heritage Award for the conservation work on Wit Stwosz's famous altar

September 8, 2023

  • Celebratory symposium at the Krakow City Council building
  • Lectures and speeches by representatives of historic cities from around the world
  • Unveiling of a commemorative plaque at Wawel Royal Castle

September 9, 2023

  • Festive Copernican Parade through the city streets

The celebrations for the 45th anniversary of Krakow's UNESCO World Heritage listing provide a unique opportunity to celebrate the history and culture of our city and highlight its global significance. Krakow remains a proud member of the community of world heritage cities, a community dedicated to preserving and cultivating its heritage for future generations. May this anniversary serve as an inspiration for continued efforts to safeguard and promote our cultural heritage.


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