Monday, September 4, 2017

Old Town Kraków


St. Florian's Gate, or Floriańska Gate, is the most important of the city's eight medieval gates and was built in the 14th century as part of a protective rampart around Kraków after the Tatar attack of 1241. The street performers in my first photo were standing under this gate.

St. Mary's Church can be seen at the end of Floriańska street, one of the most famous streets of the city.

The Hotel Copernicus is located on Kraków's oldest street, Kanonicza, at the foot of Wawel Royal Castle. It is named for the famous Polish astronomer Nicolas Copernicus, who once stayed in the building.

Another view of St. Mary's Church, built in the 14th century. On every hour, a trumpet signal called the Hejneł mariacki, is played from the top of the taller tower. The signal stops suddenly 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.

Church of Saints Peter and Paul, a Roman Catholic Polish Baroque church built between 1597 and 1619.


The Church of St. Andrew built between 1079 and 1098, a rare surviving example of a European fortress church used for defensive purposes.

A former residence of Father Karol Wojtyła, who later became Pope John Paul II.


The next city we visited in Poland was Kraków. Our hotel was located between the Old Town district and the Galeria Krakowska, a huge multi-level urban shopping mall. While my daughter headed straight for the mall, I think I made the better choice and took a stroll around the Old Town. This area is one of the most famous old districts in Poland today, and was the center of Poland's political life from 1038 until King Sigismund III Vasa relocated his court to Warsaw in 1596. Another one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments, the entire Medieval Old Town was one of the first sites chosen for the UNESCO's original World Heritage List.

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17 comments:

Weekend-Windup said...

It was nice to know information about the buildings and to see the pictures of them. Thanks for sharing them:)

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma bela reportagem fotográfica de que gostei bastante.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

Sandi said...

Thinking of all that Poland has been through over the years....look at this. Beautiful.

biebkriebels said...

Shopping you can do everywhere but to have a look in an old city is much more interesting I agree. Great photos!

Adam said...

cool pictures of your travels

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a beautiful tour and photos. I would much prefer sightseeing over shopping. I love the wonderful old buildings and the musicians. Happy Labor Day! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Tom said...

...what a great place to visit.

Sandra said...

the ornateness of these buildings just amazes me. I love the hotel red brick and windows shot. beautiful. and my eyes went straight to the candy stripe pants in the black boots of the street entertainers. love that shot to.

Christine said...

I am really enjoying your holiday photos of these wonderful European cities! Thanks for sharing!

Revrunner said...

Can be risky being a trumpet player. The critics are awful. :-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The architecture is stunning Lois, you definitely made the right choice, there's no way a shopping mall could compete with this ☺

Marleen said...

I am really enjoying your photos from your holiday, Lois. It's interesting and impressive.

Sharon Anck said...

You got to see quite a lot on your walk around the old town. Beautiful photos.

William Kendall said...

I love the architecture!

RedPat said...

Thanks for the tour and all of the info too, Lois!

bill burke said...

Wow, this is fantastic Lois. The buildings, churches and architecture is stunning and it has been around for centuries. Can't even imagine the work it took to build these magnificent buildings and without the machines man has today. Wonderful choice to walk through Old Town, I would have too.
Thanks for the interesting info too. I must put Poland on my list and visit.

Klara S said...

Kraków is wonderful city! So vibrant!