Medieval Life in Krakow

Last weekend in Krakow, set before the backdrop of Wawel castle, was the medieval fair called Jarmark Swiętojański. It was interesting to see what life was like in medieval Poland. On display was a blacksmith shop, beer making, printing, armory and weapons, cooking displays, sewing, salt refining, jewelry, wood carving , and more.

Of special interest was the horse shows. Riders were displaying ancient skills such as archery, jousting, and swordsmanship. These guys were pretty good! They managed to pick up small rings with the tip of their lance, hit targets, and splatter eggs with their swords, all on a moving horse. The show ended with a real joust competition in full armor. Lances shattered as they hit their opponent, sending large wood splinters in all directions. I’m surprised nobody got seriously hurt!

More photos here!

Krakow Medieval Fair

Krakow Medieval Fair

Krakow Medieval Fair

Krakow Medieval Fair

Krakow Medieval Fair

Krakow Medieval Fair

Krakow Medieval Fair

Krakow Medieval Fair

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6 thoughts on “Medieval Life in Krakow

    1. Thanks a lot Sharon! When I was looking at the photos “as shot”, it just wasn’t conveying the feeling that I wanted. I imagine medieval life very gritty and dark. People back then didn’t even see in color, right?!

    1. Thank you! That’s interesting that you are trying to be more self-reliant. I think that is good in a lot of ways. Does this mean you will be learning to joust as well?

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