The secrets of Wroclaw, a magical city where gnomes are the protagonists

In Poland, there is a locality “invaded” by tiny sculptures of little men. With more than 180 different statues, it became a new and peculiar tourist attraction

In Poland stands the city of Wroclaw, which has a surprising peculiarity, as it brings together dozens of tourists eager to see the gnomes who “live” in its streets. And it is that small sculptures of little men are scattered throughout the city.

The city was for a long time German and was known under the name Breslau, or in Castilian Wroclaw, and today it is known as Wroclaw.

The tourists, have as their favorite activity find the largest number of gnomes distributed throughout the city.

It was in 2001 that the small sculptures were set up in different corners of Wroclaw (Getty Images)

The city plagued by gnomes has nothing to envy in beauty to the other locations of Poland, which can be compared even with the capital Warsaw and the second most important town in the country, Krakow.

Wroclaw is full of those tiny sculptures. They are found in corners, windows, bridges, emerging from the sewers, in the doors, or simply erected in the main square.

There are more than 180 statuettes of bronze gnomes scattered throughout the city. With different expressions, each one is doing different activities, from playing golf, kissing, teaching or even making fun.

It’s origin

The gnomes of Wroclaw have their origin in the resistance and social protest against the authoritarianism of the communist government in the 80s. While the government eliminated all the graffiti that would be with criticism of its government, the movement of the Orange Alternative painted gnomes in the same places where the government had covered those graffiti using humor as a sign of protest.

On the other hand, the phenomenon of the gnomes is based on the Polish characters of the “krasnoludek “, a series of goblins that fight the bad luck product of the evil duende of the Oder. They have as their task to neutralize the actions of the villain of the gnomes.

It was in 2001 when the government decided to honor the figures that are nationally recognized as wise and duty and thus was installing the statuettes of the gnomes in every corner of the city.

Today they are already considered small and funny, and visitors from the world come to “hunt” the different gnomes all over the city and in this way they know the locality of Wroclaw in a different way.

Thus, the different tourist spots that stand out of the city such as the Plaza Mayor, the Hansel and Gretel houses or the Cathedral of Santa Isabel have a unique distinctive thanks to the tiny sculptures.

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