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  The Palace under the Rams
by matcrazy1

"Piwnica Pod Baranami" a kind of rather underground cabaret was the best thing I experienced in Krakow as a teenager and then a student. It's a real legend of Cracow - hundreds, thousand of the best Polish actors, actresses, film directors, singers, musicians were starting their carriers in small, very compact underground cellar located in Palac Pod Baranami (the Palace under the Rams) on the SE corner of the main market Square, No.27.
And I must say it was wonderful and ubelievable to listen/meet/talk/drink/entertain together with them often till... the morning. It was more meeting place and discussion club then cabaret itself. Magical place and unbelivable FREEDOM in slavish country before communism regime collapse.
I have never forget once at the beginning of 80' during the Marshall Law (from 10pm to 6am walking on the streets was strictly forbidden by communist authorities - dark times): Piotr Skrzynecki (leader of cabaret) at 5.30am announced... Free Central-Europen Dancing on the Main Market Square and all amused people (maybe 100) went out and were singing and dancing - real demonstration against marshall law rules (up to 10 years in prison for it that time). The police (many police cars) came immediately and the people gave them flowers and drinks but they ask people to come back to the cellar and... were amused of it as well hehe, and did... nothing.
Then the authorities closed the cellar for some time.
Sorry, it's rather not a tourist attraction - rather cultural tip which can help to understand the soul of Krakow better.
Now the cabaret is still great and amusing (everything is in Polish language, you can listen to beautiful and real polish songs/poems) although it seems to be much less underground and more commercial. And the legend of the cabaret, its creator and underground artist Piotr Skrzynecki passed away in 1997.

othercontact: www.piwnicapodbaranami.krakow.pl
Website: http://www.piwnicapodbaranami.px.pl

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  • Written Dec 8, 2002
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