It’s famous for a building which is described in every encyclopedia of architecture. (The second such a building from Wrocław is Centenial Hall). It is a very interesting street because it arouses controversy.

This street has the middle age origin and it changed a lot of times. It was built in the XIIIth century and it was the west border of the city that the main square at that time was Nowy Targ . After the second location that was connected with building the Market Square, new houses were put up on both sides of Szewska Street. The German name of the street was Schuhbrücke which means that the street was relatively early paved and there were shoemakers workshops there. In the northern part of the street the XIIIth century royal courts were located.

Good route of the street from the north to the south caused that at the beginning of the XXth century the street was proposed as the communication route offloading the Market Square. All the new buildings on the east side had to be in one line with the elevation of Maria Magdalena Church which would let built a wide street with a tram line. When an architect Erich Mendelsohn designed the Petersdorff (nowadays Kameleon department store) he took into consideration the new line of Szewska street.

Nowadays Szewska street is a testing place for people having different profession and who are  associated with the development of the city – from anthropologists and artists to students of architecture and planners. There is no other street that offers so many activities, studies  and workshops connected with itself and its neighborhood.


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