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400 year old bookshop re-opens

Opr./edited TC 31 October 2019
400 year old bookshop re-opens
The interior walls of the bookstore feature 30m of murals of local writers

POLAND Following extensive refurbishment, Empik has re-opened the oldest bookstore in Poland (and one of the oldest ones in Europe) at Rynek Główny 23 in Kraków.

Its new layout is inspired by the city’s literary tradition and writers. The bookstore, which is located in a townhouse in the Old Town’s market square, was founded on this spot in 1610. The new interiors have been designed by the Jan Strumiłło architectural studio. These feature 30m of murals by Tymek Jezierski that depict more than 30 authors associated with Kraków since the time the bookstore opened to the present day. The exterior of the store will also be illuminated by light murals with the images of poets Wisława Szymborska and Czesław Miłosz.

Empik’s concept is to have a ‘narrative bookstore’ in Kraków, which tells its own unique story as well as showcasing the architecture and literary culture of the city.

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