Station 3: Rynek Glowny (main city square) and St. Mary’s church
Next day we visited the centre of old Krakow – Rynek Glowny (main city square). It is the biggest and best preserved city square in medieval Europe – just one side is 200 meters long. On one corner there is St. Mary’s church from which the “hejnal” (trumpet melody played right now by firemen) is played every hour. The melody is being broadcasted all over the Poland at noon, on main government radio station. Another twist is that melody ends abruptly in the middle – and according to legend it is due to fact that in 14th century Tatars invaded east Europe and Krakow, and the arrow was shot by Tatar invader into the guy playing the tune, killing him and the melody in the middle.To give you a taste how it looks like you have some pics below:Old Krakow – 50,51 – Main Square – surrounding buildings
Old Krakow – 52 – Main Square – monument of Adam Mickiewicz, Polish most famous poet, in front of cloth market building
Old Krakow – 53,54 – Main Square – street performer
And next I wish to present (as Don described it so eloquently) the German Gifting Expeditionary Force, and also my dear and good friends, the Ritschl family in front of St. Mary’s church on the corner of Rynek Glowny
Old Krakow – 55 – Main Square – my distinguished guests in front of St. Mary’s church (most important one in Poland)
Old Krakow – 56 – Main Square – St. Mary’s church, towers
Old Krakow – 57 – Main Square – St. Mary’s church, top of ‚hejnal’ tower
Old Krakow – 58 – Main Square – St. Mary’s church, back – sun clock
And main deal – St. Mary’s church inside. The place where Wit Stwosz altar is located. It took the guy 12 years to finish sculptures done from lime-tree.
Old Krakow – 59 – Main Square – Mary’s church inside, famous Wit Stwosz altar
Old Krakow – 60 – Main Square – St. Mary’s church inside, gifting gurus check if bishops seats were gifted properly
Old Krakow – 61 – Main Square – St. Mary’s church inside, ceiling
As you probably noticed NWO placed their henchmen everywhere, all over the world. Here you have a prime example from UE vassal state – Poland (and my only comparison might be to Nazi SS uniforms, all in black, or ninja turtle warriors on vacation leave – meaning without armour).
Old Krakow – 62 – Main Square – NWO police everywhere
One of the good things is that they revived in Krakow is an old art of horse drawn carriages – nice way to travel without generating any pollution, and obviously with class (young guests were especially fond of those )
Old Krakow – 63,64 – Main Square – horse carriages
Next we followed the Florianska street (kind of doing of Royal Road in reverse in this section, which leads from Barbican, to Florianska street, next to Main Market square, followed by Grodzka street, Kanonicza street, to Royal Wawel castle main entrance – see the model of old Krakow for better understanding, from my previous post)
Old Krakow – 65 – Florianska Street (Royal Road) south – view of St. Mary’s church
Old Krakow – 66 – Florianska Street (Royal Road) – Florianska Gate Tower, main city entrance (north)
And here we have the only remaining part of city walls, right and left of Florianska gate tower. There was something like 44 towers like this one, connected by city walls. But problem was that in 19th century city administration (then under Austrian occupation) demolished them all, but this one, and made “Planty” – city park encircling old city and located in place of fortifications. From one point of view it was barbaric move, but from another we have a beautiful green space around old Krakow city.
Another interesting twist to this story is that Jan Matejko, one of the most famous Polish painters from 19th century, managed to persuade city administration not to demolish this one last part of city walls – the argument was pretty simple: “when demolished it would cause winds/updrafts to uplift distinguished city ladies’ skirts, therefore leaving their good reputation tarnished” – Oh boy, those guys back then had a good sense of persuasion !!!
The only proper visualisation of what Matejko presented to city morons is picture of Marilyn Monroe from 1954 film „The Seven Year Itch” (where she posed over the updraft of a New York subway grating at 52nd St. and Lexington Ave in Manhattan)
Marilyn Monroe from 1954 film ‚The Seven Year Itch’
(Don – please do not kill me for this extra info. I promise to gift also this Manhattan place in show of remorse
So we are back into city walls business:
Old Krakow – 67,68 – Florianska Street – remnants of the city walls
Next step was Barbican – round fortification just outside city walls in front of Florianska Gate tower. One thing which I learned from guides inside the structure is that old street level was 6 meters below current pavement (they did it while creating Planty park, and filling the moat which encircled city walls)
Old Krakow – 69 – Barbican – model
Old Krakow – 70 – Barbican – model, detail
And the real stuff:
Old Krakow – 71,72 – Barbican – round fortification just outside city walls in front of Florianska Gate tower, outside
Old Krakow – 73 – Barbican – round fortification just outside city walls in front of Florianska Gate tower, inside
Next step was Szczepanski square, inside of old city limits.
Old Krakow – 74,75 – Szczepanski Square
And on our way towards Wawel castle again, the place where JP2 was always present (in curia, on balcony) while visiting his “home stronghold” during short visits here after being shipped to Vatican. (this place must be double gifted in near future – the nest of rats needs extra orgonite ammo to neutralize their venom).
Old Krakow – 76 – Franciskan’s church in front of Cracow’s curia
And back to Royal Road – this time in the right direction to the castle (as kings would travel back home)
Old Krakow – 77 – Grodzka Street (Royal Road) – St Andrew’s church
Old Krakow – 78 – Grodzka Street (Royal Road) – St Peters & Pauls church
And some favourite stuff of our current princesses (Georg’s daughters to be precise) – horses and carriages.
Old Krakow – 79,80 – Grodzka Street – horses and carriages
We ended up on the east side of Wawel castle, on Planty park, in “Pod Wawelem” restaurant (Under Wawel restaurant) where last TB was places in bushes near the place to safeguard it since it was a nice place (before WW2 former hotel and restaurant for Polish officers to be precise)
Old Krakow – 81 – Planty – ‚Pod Wawelem’ restaurant
And finally it was called a day, well done and completed. Therefore we celebrated with a nice “small” glass of Czech beer – Pilzner Urquell
Old Krakow – 82 – Planty – ‚Pod Wawelem’ restaurant, well earned pitcher of beer.
(to be continued – next station: Wieliczka salt mine)