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The Juliusz Słowacki Theater (Teatr im. Juliusza Słowackiego) in Kraków.

The initial idea to built what was to become the Słowacki Theater was conceived in 1872, during a time when Krakow was undergoing an extensive modernization. The existing Old Theater (Teatr Stary) could not meet the increasing demand of the public. It did take the municipal authorities a while to decide what should come first: the new Theater or the city waterworks, but it seems that those who live in Krakow would rather be dirty than deprived of entertainment.

It took another few years to raise the needed funds and decide where the new Kraków Theater should stand, and finally in 1893 the building was finished. Its architect, Jan Zawiejski, inspired by the opera houses in Vienna and Paris, designed the Theater in an eclectic fashion, which was popular at that time throughout the Austro-Hungarian empire. It was truly a state-of-the-art building – the first one in Kraków to have electric light. There was even a small power plant at the back, in the little building that is now the Miniature Stage.

The Słowacki Theater (at that time called the City Theater – it bears the name of Juliusz Słowacki since 1909) instantly became the center of Polish culture, mostly thanks to the contributions of Stanisław Wyspiański, Poland's greatest and most influential artist of the turn of the century: a poet, a painter, but also a marvelous playwright and director.

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