Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Next to the Cloth Hall in the city center of Krakow, Poland (see last week's picture) you will find the Kosciol Mariacki, or St. Mary's Basilica, a towering cathedral that was built in the 13th century. Unfortunately, photography was not allowed inside, but like many churches in Poland, the alter and the stained glass is breathtaking. The famous wooden alterpiece in St. Mary's is 262 feet tall! Every hour, a trumpeter plays a signal from the bell tower that breaks off mid-tune to commemorate the famous trumpeter that was shot in the throat while sounding an alarm of a Mongol attack in the 13th century. The history in these places levels me.
Right next to the church was this fellow trying to make some extra cash. We had no idea how we was creating this illusion. Funny story - my husband's nephew, who was with us on this trip, actually knew this guy from somewhere and talked to him later. He was able to pry the secret from his friend after a beer or two.