"Krakow's greatest church." Basilica of St Mary - Kosciol Mariacki Tip by SimonRees

  St Mary's, Krakow
by SimonRees
  • St Mary's, Krakow - Krakow
      St Mary's, Krakow
    by SimonRees
  • Rynek glowny and St Mary's. - Krakow
      Rynek glowny and St Mary's.
    by SimonRees

St Mary's church domiantes Krakow skyline. Where ever you are in the city look out for the spiers and you know where the old town is. It is a huge red brick building with two distinct towers which are of different height. Legend has it that two brothers were employed to oversee the building work. The younger more confident started to build a tower quickly while his elder brorther was slower and more cautious. As the younger brothers tower grew higher and less stable he was forced to make it thinner and thinner, hence the differences in the towers.

St Mary's also boasts a legendary buglar, who ever hour on the hour performs the hejnal, a 600 year old tradition. Legend has it that in 1241 a watchman saw the advancing Tartar invasion and started to warn the citizens of Krakow about the impending danger by playing his trumpet. A Tartar arrowsman spotted the trumpeter and with a well placed arrow pierced the trumpeters throat in mid song. This is why the hejnal stops on a certain note.

Address: Rynek glowny
Directions: You can't miss it on rynek glowny.
Phone: +48 58 301 39 82
Website: http://www.bazylikamariacka.pl

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  • Updated Oct 29, 2005
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