Church of St Bartholomew


The small, shingled Church of St Bartholomew dates from the mid-15th century, which makes it Poland’s oldest surviving three-nave timber church. It was one of only two churches available to workers near Nowa Huta, until the Arka Pana church was finished in 1977.

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1. Cistercian Abbey

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The Cistercian Abbey consists of a church and monastery, with a large garden-park behind it. The Cistercians came to Poland in 1140 and founded abbeys…

3. Nowa Huta Underground

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Nowa Huta's newest attraction opened in 2019 and focuses on the quarter's extensive network of atomic fallout shelters, built up in the 1950s and '60s…

4. Plac Centralny

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This sprawling square and tram stop serves as the centrepoint of the Nowa Huta workers' housing estate. The square dates from 1949, and the buildings here…

5. Aleja Róż

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This graceful, park-like avenue runs through the centre of the Nowa Huta workers' housing estate.

6. Nowa Huta Museum

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Two blocks north of Plac Centralny, the Nowa Huta Museum is more like a glorified tourist office, but there is a small, well-curated exhibit space…

7. Teatr Ludowy


Nowa Huta's socialist-realistic architectural aesthetic extends to the area's main theatre, which was built in 1955. Early shows may have been dedicated…

8. Arka Pana

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The retro-modern Arka Pana was the first church in Nowa Huta, built from 1967 to 1977 after much controversy. Authorities had intended the workers' suburb…