Szeroka Street in Kazimierz
Szeroka Street is the heart of Jewish Kazimierz. In practice, it is an elongated square with old synagogues, a palace and houses from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The fact that there used to be as many as four synagogues on this street, which was not the case anywhere else in Europe, testifies to its importance. The street served as a marketplace, around which the life of the inhabitants was concentrated. Many monuments of Jewish culture have survived to this day. Today, despite the fact that the Jewish town has long ceased to exist, it is here that one can most often come across Orthodox representatives of the Mosaic faith. The synagogues that have survived today are a remarkable reminder of those times. Tenement houses turned into cultural centres, small hotels and flats as well as atmospheric cafés and restaurants with gardens often refer to the history of this place by their architecture and decor. Once a year, Szeroka Street celebrates the revival of Jewish traditions. Every year since 1988, the International Festival of Jewish Culture - one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the world - has been held here.