The funding boost was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński on Saturday, Polish state news agency PAP reported.
Meeting the media at the Royal Wawel Castle, the deputy PM praised the venue’s “diverse offer” of cultural attractions for visitors and the “solid work” of its staff.
He said this was reflected in “growing audience numbers,” adding: “We expect around 2 million people to visit Wawel this year.”
Gliński, who is also Poland’s culture minister, noted that between 2021 and 2022, the government had injected PLN 84 million (EUR 17.7 million) into the historic castle, including “for the reopening of the magnificent Crown Treasury.”
He added: “A further PLN 30 million (EUR 6.4 million) has already been allocated in 2023.”
EUR 8 mln project to open Wawel’s vaults to public
The deputy PM told reporters: “Today we would like to announce an unprecedented project to open the vaults of the Royal Wawel Castle to visitors.”
He stated: “The project is designed to give audiences access to parts of the Wawel Hill and the Royal Wawel Castle that had not been accessible to the public before.”
Gliński declared: “This project is already under way and it is worth PLN 38 million (EUR 8 million).”
“In 2023, the government will spend PLN 22 million (EUR 4.6 million) on this project,” he pledged.
During Saturday’s news conference, the deputy PM also unveiled a never-before-shown sketch for Jan Matejko’s famous painting The Prussian Homage, to mark the beginning of The Year of Jan Matejko, the PAP news agency reported.
Source: PAP, propertynews.pl
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