325th Anniversary of Victoria Wiedeńska with Discavery Channel

09Sep08

The Battle of Vienna

took place on September 11, 1683 after Vienna had been besieged by the Ottoman Empire for two months. The battle broke the advance of the Ottoman Empire into Europe, and marked the political hegemony of the Habsburg dynasty in Central Europe.

The large-scale battle was won by Polish-Austrian-German forces led by King of Poland John III Sobieski against the Ottoman Empire army commanded by Grand Vizier Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Pasha.

The battle marked the turning point in the 300-year struggle between the forces of the Central European kingdoms and the Ottoman Empire.

We are proud to have 325th anniversary of that event this year. There are many exhibitions, performances, fairs and City games to present the eternal remembrance of the siege and glorious victory of John III Sobieski, as well as outstanding Battle spectacle with fight show and pyrotechnics among historical scenery and lights and music.

To read more about the event: http://www.victoriawiedenska.krakow.pl/ENG_Historia.html

to read more about the schedule: http://www.victoriawiedenska.krakow.pl/ENG_Kalendarz_imprez.html

SCHEDULE:

11 September – 30 November 2008

Place: The Wawel Royal Castle

Event: An exhibition entitled “In memory of the Relief of Vienna”.

The core idea of the exhibition is to present the eternal remembrance of the siege and glorious victory of John III Sobieski. It will exclusively comprise items from the Wawel Royal Castle, mainly pictures, graphics, medals, tapestries (approx. 40), as well as documents and publications connected with the anniversary of the Battle of Vienna, until 1983. There will be approx. 60 items exhibited during the event. The catalogue will also be available.

12 September 2008 (at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.)

Place: Small Market

Event: “Following the footsteps of Sobieski in Krakow”.

12 September 2008 (time 7.15 p.m.)

Place: Small Market Square

Event: The final of the competition entitled “The most beautiful moustache of the Republic of Poland”.

12-14 September 2008 (from 10 a.m., ceremonial opening at 7 p.m.)

Place: Small Market Square

Event: Krakow-Turkish-Vienna Fair (among other things oriental delicacies, concerts by Viennese artists). The event is aimed at the inhabitants of Krakow and tourists visiting the city.

12 September 2008 (time: 8 p.m.)

Place: Small Market Square

Event: Sobieski and Marysieńka – baroque ballet with a prologue (four scenes).

13 September 2008.

Place: Area of District I

Event: City Game entitled “The Victory at Vienna”

The area of District I will be converted into a large game board. All people who would like to follow the route of history and great intrigue can expect several hours of fantastic fun. Solving rebuses and riddles, performing tasks, showing a sense of humour and knowledge of Krakow, they will discover strange and interesting places, following the footsteps of Jan III Sobieski, the footsteps left by his era.

13 September 2008  (time:  12 noon – 3 p.m.)

Place: Błonia Krakowskie

Organizer: Discovery Historia TVN

Event: Campsite of the victorious army of Sobieski and cavalry skills show.

Camp for several hundred knights from the victorious army “after coming back from the siege of Vienna”. Reenactors from all over Poland are to reconstruct the appearance, mood and the spirit of the army village.

During “camping”, the reenactors will fight a small skirmish “at the Turkish entrenchment”. At the Błonia Krakowskie there will also be a cavalry skills show.

13 September 2008  (at 8.30 p.m.)

Place: Błonia Krakowskie

Organizer: Discovery Historia TVN

Event: Battle spectacle titled “Venimus, vidimus, Deus vicit” – fight show and pyrotechnics among historical scenery and lights and music.

14 September 2008  (at 12 noon)

Place: Wawel – Main Market Square

Event: Royal Retinue March Past

The triumph of King Jan III Sobieski, “The Victory at Vienna”, the march past of the royal suite from Wawel to the Main Square. The great ceremonial parade of “several hundred people from reenactment groups” representing the victorious army.

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