Cracow - Dzialoszyce - Nowy Korczyn - Pinczow - Chmielnik - Szydlow - Checiny- Cracow
This tour is led in north Cracow and south Kielce region - on the territory rich in influences of different religious minorities. Jews started to settle here as early as in XIII centaury, later in XVI centaury came different denominations connected with reformation inside the catholic church. The co-existence of those people created a unique social and cultural pattern, emanating through architecture and ambiance of those places. In XIX century it was a border land in between Russian and Austrian partition zones, which created opportunities for official trade development on the one hand and extensive smuggling on the other.
Places you will see:
Dzialoszyce - ruins of a synagogue from 1852 and beit ha-midrash, monument to Jewish inhabitants killed by the Nazis.
Nowy Korczyn - ruins of a synagogue from 1659.
Pinczow - renovated synagogue from 1557 with some preserved polychromes from XVIII centaury. Pinczow was a meeting place of Vaad Arba Aratzot (The Diet of the Four Lands).
Chmielnik - synagogue from 1638 and Chmielnik Jewish cemetery.
Szydlow - picturesque medieval town surrounded with stone ramparts. Sometimes called "Polish Carcassone". Synagogue from 1564, two gothic churches and ruins of a castle.
Checiny - synagogue from 1638 and Jewish cemetery. Ruins of a castle from 1306.