Rose Avenue

Address:
Aleja Róż, Kraków

Description

It was planned that the avenue would become a promenade leading from the transport hub of the district – Centralny Square – to the main administrative centre of the city – Ratuszowy Square. The layout of the square and the construction of the town hall were never implemented.

It was planned that the avenue would become a promenade leading from the transport hub of the district – Centralny Square – to the main administrative centre of the city – Ratuszowy Square. The layout of the square and the construction of the town hall were never implemented.

Nevertheless, in the 70s, the avenue took up a special character. It became an arena for communist celebrations, due to an erection of a seven-tonne statue of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin in 1973 (designed by Marian Konieczny). The statue was a subject of unrefined mockery and aggression. In 1979, an explosive was planted underneath the monument, but although it was supposed to destroy this symbol of "fraternal friendship between Poland and the USSR", it merely managed to break off the Leader's heel. The statue's removal on the 10th December 1989 had a symbolic significance for Nowa Huta and the whole Kraków. Today, it can be admired in a rarity fair near Stockholm.

Translation: Summa Linguae SA

Date: 2013-06-07 Show ticket
News author: Weronika Dulowska
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
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