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Old Theatre
1 Plac Szczepanski
Cracow (Krakow), Poland

The Old Theatre (Teatr Stary) is the oldest theatrical building in Poland. It opened in 1798 and has since been rebuilt twice -- most recently between 1903 and 1905, when it was remodeled by Franciszek Maczynski and Tadeusz Stryjenski in the Art Nouveau style. The frieze on the façade is by Jozef Gardecki (1880-1952), executed between 1903-06,

See 1875 and c.1907 photographs and information about the building.

See photograph, burial site and biography of Joseph Gardecki.

There is a small museum downstairs, as well as the famous Cafe burial

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Art Nouveau style

Frieze on the façade
by Jozef Gardecki, 1903-06



Photos and their arrangement © 2008 Chuck LaChiusa
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