Poland: Nowa Huta (2013)

Nowa Huta was created in 1949 as a separate city near Kraków. It is one of only two entirely pre-planned socialist realist cities ever built (the other being Magnitogorsk in Russia’s Ural Mountains), and one of the finest examples of deliberate social engineering in the world. Built as a utopian ideal city, its street hierarchy, layout and certain grandeur of buildings often resemble Paris or London. The city was intended to become an ideal city for Socialist propaganda, and populated primarily by industrial workers. In 1951, it became a part of the city of Kraków. Away from the tourist hub and cozy bars in the city center and Kazimierz, Nowa Huta offers a completely different view of Kraków. Some may find the are depressive looking, but I think it also has its charm. In 2013 I took a day off from work to explore Nowa Huta and make pictures with my new camera.

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