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2019.10.04 17:00

Krakow unveils commemorative stairs for Czesław Miłosz after example in Vilnius

BNS 2019.10.04 17:00

The Stairs of Czesław Miłosz have been unveiled in Krakow to mark 15 years since the death of the Lithuanian-born Polish poet.

Several years ago, a stairway was named after the Nobel Prize-winning author in Vilnius, where Miłosz spent much of his youth.

The idea of a similar commemorative project in Krakow was floated by Rasa Rimickaitė, Lithuania's cultural attaché in Poland, and received the backing Miłosz's son Anthony, Lithuania's Ministry of Culture said in a press release.

The stairs located opposite the Wawel Castle feature engraved lines of Miłosz's poem ‘Gift’. The piece was picked by scholars at the Jagiellonian University who say that it perfectly conveys the poet's sensibility and authentic perception of the world.

Born in Šeteniai, a village in central Lithuania, in 1911, Miłosz graduated from school and university in Vilnius before moving to Warsaw and, later, emigrating to the West. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980.

He returned to Poland following the fall of the Iron Curtain and died in Krakow in August 2004.