Krakow—Books and Statues

A tour group mills around a building facade on Kanonicza Street

A tour group mills around a building facade on Kanonicza Street

The sign begins to tell us what it is

The sign begins to tell us what it is

Krakow is dotted with many wonderful outdoor sculptures and statues (like the Lady with the Ermine, and the Eros Bendato that I already wrote about). We can’t cover them all, but here are 2 more fun ones.

We strolled down Grodska Street, past the baroque Church of Saints Peter and Paul, with statues of 11 apostles lining its façade, and then into Mary Magdalene Square opposite. If you turn left on Kanonicza Street you’ll go past the house where John Paul lived when he was still Karol Wojtyla and down to the Wawel Castle complex. Just on that corner, in front of us was a large tour group milling around, and we wondered what they were looking at, as nothing is marked on the guide maps.

Nath admires the sculpture of a shelf of books

Nath admires the sculpture of a shelf of books

A sign above gives a clue: a lady reading a book. As the group moved away we could see that it’s a book shop/coffee shop (perhaps linked to the Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace next door). The really interesting feature is the stone sculpture of books on a shelf, set in a shallow alcove the same shape as the doorways.

The sign above the doorway reads: Dom Kolegiaty, WW Swietych. Any ideas, anyone?

Look carefully under the Vis a Vis on the umbrella and you'll see a bronze statue of a man sitting at a table

Look carefully under the Vis a Vis on the umbrella and you’ll see a bronze statue of a man sitting at a table

Nath finds this courtly gent

Nath finds this courtly gent

Later, we found a sidewalk café called Vis a Vis Café on the edge of Rynek Glowney to have a drink. And we found this courtly gentleman, with a book and a real rose, sitting at his eternal place at a table. Intriguing and we’re not sure who he is or why he’s there.

PS: This will probably be the last post for now on Krakow. On to Prague!!

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About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.
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