Photographer's Note

Mary's church (Kosciól Mariaczki) as seen from Town Hall's tower, through the glass.

Mary's church was raised between the 14-16th century in Gothih style, on the base of an old, roman style basilica. In every hour you can hear the Hejnal (a short tune on trumpet) from the higher tower's window. It is played by a real person, not from a CD or someting. The plaintive tune breaks off in mid-stream, to commemorate the famous 13th century trumpeter, who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol attack on the city. The community of Krakkow payed attention to the sudden break of the signal and they survived the attack.

Another very interesting fact: the taller tower is owned by the city and not the church. It is explained that back in the medieval ages the leaders of the church refused to pay Hejnal's salary. Then the city said: ok, we would pay the Hejnal, but give us the tower. Hence, on big festivals you can see yellow/white (Vatican's) flag on the smaller tower, while the blue/white (Krakkow's) or red/white (National) flag is hang out on superior tower.

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