Town Hall is located in Wielopolski Mansion – called a palace. It was built in the first half of the 16th century, as an elegant Renaissance residence. Windows with characteristic divisions and stone frames and a crenellated parapet wall survive from that period. In 1864, the Palace was purchased by the Municipality of Krakow as headquarters for the Municipal Offices. The ballroom on the second floor was at that time replaced by the elegant Assembly Hall. The rooms used for official functions were decorated in historicist style in the spirit of the Viennese Art Nouveau making use of motives taken from folk art. In 1926, the Main Assembly Hall was consumed by fire yet was meticulously restored within the space of several months, respecting the original designs, but at the same time embellishing them in Art Deco style, fashionable at the time.
Dress code: Informal
17.30 - meeting at the conference venue – bus transportation to the Salt Mine
18.00 – 20.00 – short tour around the Salt Mine
20.00 – 24.00 - banquet and return trip to Krakow
Gala dinner will be organized in the historic chambers of the Salt Mine considered one of the wonders of the world. Put by UNESCO on the World Cultural Heritage list in 1978. Tourist route on three levels of the mine covers ca half a mile of corridors, 20 chambers carved in salt, all on the depth from 70 to 135 m. St. Kinga’s Chapel is a breathtaking place - a church where everything is made of salt - crystal chandeliers, altars, sculptures and floor paving carved in the layer of salt.
The Mine is located at a distance of 0,5h’s trip from the conference facilities, therefore busses will bring the participants to Wieliczka. After the Gala Dinner busses will take the participants back to the hotels. The Dinner will be preceded by a brief (45 minutes) tour aiming at discovering the traditions and history of the Wieliczka Mine.
The Gala Dinner will take place in Waszawa Chamber characterized by a stunning combination of nature and… architecture. This is a chamber of an impressive size, which was exploited in the nineteenth century, with a total of 20,000 tons of salt excavated. Warszawa Chamber, located at 125 meters underground will give a new, unique dimension to the Symposium Gala Dinner.
Dress code: Informal/Formal - Bring warm clothing
The temperature underground is steady and ranges between 14° and 16° C.
17.00 - 19.30 - sightseeing of Collegium Maius (the Jagiellonian University Museum) and walking tour around the Old Town of Krakow with city guide
20.00 - 21.00 - organ concert in the St. Mary's Basilica
Jagiellonian University’s oldest building (and one of the oldest in Kraków), Collegium Maius was built as the university’s main campus in the late 14th century, 36 years after the university’s founding. A century later it was redesigned as the late-Gothic structure surrounding the picturesque arcaded courtyard that has survived to this day. While professors lived and worked upstairs, it was in the ground floor lecture halls that Nicolaus Copernicus made doodles in the margins of his notebooks in the 1490s.
The Bazylika Mariacka (Saint Mary's Basilica) is undoubtedly one of Krakow's most famous and most spectacular landmarks. It towers over the northeast corner of the Main Market Square, its delicately sculpted turrets peeking over the roof of the Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), visible from all over the city. The church that can be seen today was raised around 1300, in early gothic style, and continued to be developed and enriched throughout the 14th century. Even on the scale of the Market Square, the brick gothic church is a towering edifice, yet its elegant exterior does not even hint at the colourful splendour to be found inside. The walls are covered in magnificent patterns (rich tones, heavy reds and deep blues, and ribbed with gold), hung with paintings and dotted with richly constructed alcoves, but the real jewel is the altarpiece, a stunning work of woodcarving created by Wit Stwosz in the late 15th century. Here, in the magnificent interior of Basilica, will be presented the organ classical music.