For locals, Sutki is such an integral part of our culture that it does not provoke any reflection. For visitors, however, this place and the name always arouse surprise and often cause consternation among tourists. Hrubieszow’s “Sutki” are brick stalls that once belonged to the Jewish population, with a characteristic narrow street separating the buildings. They served a commercial function but often also a residential one. Their history is much older, but those preserved to this day were built after the great fire of the city in the first half of the 19th century. It is worth mentioning that today’s Sutki resembles the original establishment only slightly. Initially, the site was characterized by exceptional architectural consistency. There are many indications that the original stall buildings represented their incredible architectural beauty until the 1930s. At that time, the stalls were one-story, unplastered buildings displaying the charm of the masonry craftsmanship of the time which was immortalized in red brick. The beauty of the facade was further enhanced by subtle lighting placed at regular intervals. The stalls also had the ability to store goods on a high dais. It is interesting to note that the rules and manner of trade at that time were completely different from what we are used to today. Wanting to buy something from a Jew, one did not enter the building, but only watched the goods from behind the counter while standing outside and striking a bargain.
Location: Ul. Rynek Sutki