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St. Mary's Basilica

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St. Mary's Basilica (Polish: Kościół Mariacki), is a Brick Gothic church built in the 14th century, adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland. Standing 80m (262ft) tall, it is particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz).

On every hour, a trumpet signal — called the heynal (hejnał) — is played from the top of the taller of St. Mary's two towers. 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 noon-time hejnał is heard across Poland and abroad broadcast live by the Polish national Radio 1 Station. From wikipedia

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Nearby images in Krakow


A: St. Mary's Basilica - nave, Kraków

by Kamil Kurowski, 20 meters away

St. Mary's Basilica - nave, Kraków

B: Krakow Market Square Church

by Jeffrey Martin, 30 meters away

Krakow Market Square Church

C: Town Hall Tower

by Grzegorz Rogala, 40 meters away

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D: Plac Mariacki

by Maciej G. Szling, 40 meters away

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E: Plac Mariacki

by Karol Kwiatek, 40 meters away

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F: Cracow - St. Mary's Basilica

by maciek mucha, 40 meters away

Cracow - St. Mary's Basilica

G: St. Mary's Basilica - presbytery, Kraków

by Kamil Kurowski, 50 meters away

St. Mary's Basilica - presbytery, Kraków

H: Kraków bazylika

by Maciej G. Szling, 50 meters away

Kraków bazylika

I: Large square by night (1 of 4)

by Jan Mulder, 60 meters away

Photo's taken on December 29, 2012.

Large square by night (1 of 4)

J: Rynek Glowny 1

by Karol Kwiatek, 60 meters away

Rynek Glowny 1

This panorama was taken in Krakow, Europe

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