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Jun 05 2015

An Underground Medieval Town in Olkusz

During my short visit to Olkusz, I came across this in the market square.  This entrance is covered in glass, hence the poor quality of the photo on a bright, sunny day.  Nonetheless, I have decided to use it because, after doing a bit of research, I discovered it has an interesting story that I’d like to share with you.

The Underground Medieval town in Olkusz

As I was walking across the market square in Olkusz, I spotted a wall in the middle.  It’s odd seeing part of a wall not attached to anything, so I went over to investigate.  As I walked around the other side, there was a glass construction attached to the wall, and I saw a group of people packing up their equipment for the day.  I went over, and peered through the glass.  The above photo is what I saw.  These people must have been a team of archaeologists.

Having done a bit of research for this post, I’ve discovered that in 2008, while underground sorting out the sewerage system for Olkusz, some workers stumbled across some walls.  Archaeologists discovered that these walls date back to the 14th century, possibly earlier.  They also discovered a stone door, steps, porches, a limestone pavement from the 19th century, and a medieval market square, all under the current market square.  Incredible!

Location

Getting to and from Olkusz is easy from Krakow, and takes about an hour.  Just hop on one of the regular minibuses at the main bus station in Krakow, and get off at the last stop, the bus station in Olkusz.  It’s a short walk from there to the market square.

Have your say

That’s all the information I could find.  If you have more information about this underground town, please leave a comment below or contact me via the social media links on this site.

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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