"St. Mary's Church (Kosciol Mariacki)" Basilica of St Mary - Kosciol Mariacki Tip by smirnofforiginal

  St Mary's Church
by smirnofforiginal

Overlooking the Main Market Square in St. Mary's Church. It was built in 1220 and was "oriented" east. Destroyed in the Tatar raids it was rebuilt in the form of a mighty basilica - it is still at an angle to the square!

The golden ball (at the top) is saidf to contain the written history of the city.

Every hour the HEJNAL is played on a trumpet from the highest tower to the 4 quarters of the world in turn. It is a simple melody based on 5 notes and was played in Medieval times as a warning call. It stops abruptly in mid bar - apparently when the Tatars arrived the watchman sounded the alarm but was shot, in mid-phrase, in the throat by an arrow...

To the south of the church is St. Mary's Square (Plac Mariacki) - a Parish cemetary until the 19th century. Bordering this square is the 14th century St. Barbara's Church (Kosciol Sw Barbary) which was the cemetary chapel. And there's a little passage adjoining the church which will take you onto the Little MArket Square (Maly Rynek) which was the town's 2nd largest marketplace.

Address: plac Mariacki 5, 31-042 Kraków, Poland
Directions: Rynek Glowny, main square
Phone: 48 58 301 39 82
Website: http://www.bazylikamariacka.pl

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  • Written Jun 8, 2007
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