Blonia Park in Cracow
Blonia Park’s origins dates back to 1162 (yeah, no kidding) when a local wealthy nobleman, Jaksa z Miechowa, donated the land to the Norbertanki Monastery in exchange for a blessing prior to his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. For centuries the land was neglected until the 19th century, when it was used as a place of salute for Napoleon’s troops. Today, the park is a popular gathering place and home to many organized events and concerts, including Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Poland in 2006 and a Celine Dion concert in 2008.
The park is mostly undeveloped and looks like a large cow pasture from a far, so don’t expect to see or do much here unless you happen to be in town for an open air mass or big concert.