Krakow, Poland: Church of the Virgin Mary


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Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Mariocki): Krakow, Poland

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The story:
This Church plays a central part of the history of Krakow.  Four times each day, on the hour, a trumpet signal—called the Hejnał mariacki—is played from the top of the taller of St. Mary's two towers, and is suddenly cut off before finishing.  

This commemorates the occasion in the 13th Century when the trumpeter was sounding the alarm before a Mongol attack on the city.  He was shot in the throat before he could finish.  The noon-time hejnał is heard across Poland and abroad broadcast live by the Polish national Radio 1 Station.

About the Basilica:
The Church was destroyed after the invasion and then re-built in the 14th Century.

Architecturally, the church has several unique items including an altar piece carved by Veit Stoss, probably Europe's greatest sculptor of the period, between 1477 and 1489. In 1491 he also sculptured a stone crucifix that now is part of the late-Baroque altarpiece in the south aisle.

The Church is open daily. Check their website for the Mass schedule.  There is an admission fee to see parts of the Church, and, you will need to work around Mass times.

Getting there:

Address:  plac Mariacki 5, 31-042 Kraków, Poland

GPS coordinates:  50° 3' 41.1120'' N      19° 56' 24.1980'' E

Tel:   +48 12-422-05-21 ext. 21, fax  +48  12-421-07-85


Click here for the offical website of the Church of the Virgin Mary in Krakow.
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