Cracow

Nowa Huta

Interesting
Nowa Huta
The Essential
Interesting
This new town, whose name means New Steelworks, is a showcase of socialist realist architecture. Stalin ordered its creation, in a political decision aimed at symbolically punishing a city deemed too intellectual and conservative and perceived as a cradle of anti-communism. Initiated in 1949 outside Krakow, Nowa Huta was to serve as an urban communist model. Its existence meant that Krakow's historic centre was left untouched by the whims of socialist realist architecture.