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Shambles (Jatki)

Formerly in Jatki at Malarska street there were two rows of butchers shops where butchers associated in the town guild sold their products. Today, mainly artists from Wrocław (and one dwarf!) reside in this charming, narrow street near the Market Square. What is the history of this place?

Taverns where you could buy meat and drink beer already existed here in the 12th century, and possibly even earlier. Long before prince Bolesław Rogatka sold the taverns bought from the monks to the city council in the 1340s, and the street finally turned into a commercial alley. At its peak, the number of meat stalls reached 48 – 24 on both sides of the street – and at some point new floors were added to the initially single-storey stores, where apartments for servants and journeymen were arranged. However, only 12 historic tenement houses survived the turmoil of the war – in the 1950s, the reconstruction of the destroyed buildings began, completed in 1978, when the medieval pavements were restored, and the former butchers’ houses found new owners. Currently, in the shade provided by the street roofs and high buildings, there are, among others, small art galleries, art studios, shops with art supplies, and in the tenement house at number 1 – the seat of the Wrocław district of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers. Besides, it was local artists who honored the animals whose fate was connected with this place, creating the Monument In Honor of Slaughter Animals. The former inhabitants and employees of Stare Jatki are commemorated by the dwarf Butcher, always present at the station at the entrance to his slaughterhouse.

Literature: Marek Stadnicki: Beautiful, picturesque, captivating … Exhibition guide, Museum of Old Trade, Świdnica 2007, p. 31.

photo: Enzo83Praca własna, CC BY-SA 3.0 pl, Link

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