Krakow is without a doubt the most beautiful Polish city. I had the pleasure to spend there 5 years of my life. It was far in the pre-digital times. Every time I visit my family if possible I try to spend some time in Krakow as well. This was the case also last week.
I have presented on TrekEarth photo from a very similar POV but to the opposite direction (CLICK HERE). This picture complements the previous one, together they give a 360 degrees view and allow to better imagine the beauty if this unique square. In the foreground you see Adam Mickiewicz monument. He was a national poet of Poland. At the back you see St. Mary’ Basilica. There is so much history and interesting facts related to this place that I won’t even attempt to mention it all. For example every hour from the tower of this church you can hear Hejnal Mariacki (St. Mary’s Trumpet Call). The call is suddenly stopped in the very middle. This is supposed to remind about the first Mongol invasion of Poland in 1241. The legend says that the trumpeter who played the alarm was shot with an arrow and could not finish his call.
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tyro (22102) 2013-08-16 15:48
A very interesting note you have written, particularly about the trumpet call - how wonderful that this ancient tradition still continues to inspire the hearts and souls of the Polish people! Does a trumpeter still make the sound each hour or is the sound recorded and played electronically nowadays?
I'm sure I've seen a picture of this Basilica before - perhaps a picture taken by Craig (macjake)? - and I seem to recall that there was some historical reason why the two towers are of different heights.
Your photograph is delightful and the colours and lighting are superb. Your composition is excellent too with the lines in the cobblestones leading the eye into the frame and the statue of Adam Mickiewicz nicely balancing the Basilica.
Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
I can understand why you love Krakow!
MJR (3360) 2013-08-16 16:13
In my limited experience I would have to agree with you, though I believe traffic is getting serious ? The family are in Przemysl at present, I am to meet them here for a few days at the end of the month.
Carry on luggage means I may have to leave camera of choice at home, but maybe not. I will certainly be clicking away though with something !
You have caught a curious light here! The sky has a greyish tinge to it ? Is that the time of day maybe, or just this screen?
Either way, nice image. Lookout for for my postcard from Krakow..
macjake (61358) 2013-08-16 16:57
I absolutely love it when i can see a photo from Poland and know EXACTLY where you took this from haha!!
its great that the shot doesn't have any lean or tilt, probably from the vertical compo, smart choice.
love the architecture, the light, the activity, and of course the memories :)
great quality shot
npecanhuk (69914) 2013-08-16 19:40
Very beautiful square and architectural details!
Truly attractive, pleasant-looking and inviting picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
abmdsudi (46784) 2013-08-16 20:48
Excellent infor notes especially the second last line; I love the specks of green to boost the colour impact of the whole scene; the trumpeter and company, the man in green t shirt and the small structure infront of the church. Credit to your skill and talent in documenting city squares as shown, knowing the right time of day is vital in making good photo taken from the most strategic shooting angle as i love how the main interest interacts face to face and engaged one another. The rest of the elements just flows so smoothly, in subtle light, details and colour. Credit to your seamless photo work as usual, Congrats
Sonata11 (33697) 2013-08-16 21:34
trafila Ci sie piekna popgoda. Bardzo ladne ujecie na kosciol Mariacki. Wnetrze jest wprost cudowne. Nie da sie opisac to trzeba zobaczyc. Rzeczywiscie nie dziwie sie jezeli masz okazje to trzeba byc w Krakowie. Piekna praca I z przyjemnoscia powracam wspomnienaiami z ostatniego pobytu. Podoba mi sie bardzo.
Serdecznie pozdrawiam I zycze milego WE,
sabermonajati (10403) 2013-08-16 22:46
intersting place with nice old texture you captured.
jjcordier (78946) 2013-08-16 23:09
Belle et lumineuse photo de cette très belle place de Krakow et de cette splendide basilique.
annjackman (20899) 2013-08-17 1:27
I enjoyed reading your interesting note that accompanies this excellent picture. Wonderful architecture presented beautifully with crisp textures and colours.
Kind Regards, Ann
cargus (9588) 2013-08-17 2:31
Un peysage magnifique,belle architecture, de belles couleurs, bien encadré et rendu, image bien fait.!!
limielski (0) 2013-08-17 3:55
Musze sie znów wybrac do Krakowa (ale na pindolino chyba sie nie doczekam :-)
Ładna ujecie Koscioła Mariackiego i pomnik Adama Mickiewicza a za Twoimi plecami jest Kawiarnia Noworolski pamietajaca czasy przedwojenne - daja tam najlepsze serniki w całej Polsce :-)
timecapturer (49288) 2013-08-17 4:14
have to admit this is a beautiful place, full of rich architectural heritage and this shot justifies that so perfectly. Superb quality and a flawless execution that is presented to your usual high standard. Stunning image!
Enjoy the weekend - Brian.
Noel_Byrne (27350) 2013-08-17 5:54
Beautiful square and cathedral, and a fascinating history too. I love the way the spires of the cathedral are different, I always think that makes a building more beautiful. This looks like a busy and popular place, and its not hard to see why. Wonderful warm golden light across the whole scene, and as with every fine statue, a pigeon perched on top!
All the best
Sergiom (67294) 2013-08-17 6:03
Une bien jolie place. Un point de vue superbe qui nous la montre presque au complet. une lumière superbe sur la statue et les clochers et beaucoup de gens qui animent la scène.
marabu61 (9499) 2013-08-17 7:15
Our company has recently outsourced part of our accounting departement to a company in Krakow. I am sending daily reports by mail there now, so it is very interesting for me to see some of the city. It is always good to have a picture of a place you have daily contact with.
Great detailed note as well, really intriguing detail about the trumpet call.
have a great weekend
SnapRJW (31627) 2013-08-17 7:55
If this square is representative of Krakow, I can understand why this city has such appeal for you Mariusz. You shot shows an open and airy location centred around an imposing statue and lined with a selection of fine buildings with contrasting styles. Thanks for the link to your other shot, together they give a great feel for this lovely place. Warm regards Rosemary
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2013-08-17 8:06
a nice composition here. Like the architecture. Brilliant colours. Good to see the people at bottom. Very well depth and sharpness. Superb work. Tfs.
Periko (3823) 2013-08-17 21:20
Beautiful picture. I like the church and the sky.
I had never been in Poland but I agree with you. Not only Krakow but also other cities are beautiful.
jhm (144158) 2013-08-18 2:23
You chose a wonderful angle with a statue in centre, also a wonderful church with two towers in background.
I like your composition, excellent captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
mesutilgim (89044) 2013-08-18 13:49
Very nice capture from this place in Krakow with perfect pov and layout.
Many good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
emka (86303) 2013-08-18 23:53
Cześć Mariusz, Szkoda, ze nie dałeś rady odwiedzić Warszawy, ale jestem pewna, ze kiedys się uda. Znakomita prezentacja Kościoła Mariackiego. Kiedys bylo spotkanie trekowiczów w Krakowie i Wojtek Pietrow załatwił, ze moglismy wejść na wieże i zobaczyć strażaka jak gra hejnał. Nie wiem, czy teraz go nie zastępuje jakis elektroniczny gadżet. No i
williewhistler (15559) 2013-08-19 4:11
I always admire the quality of your images and this one does not disappoint,it is beautifully composed with each and every detail perfectly displayed in a well chosen format.
Best regards Les.
Waylim (25368) 2013-08-19 10:58
It is really nice to be able to revisit some of the place that we visited before the digital age. I have many places that I wish to redo all over again, the way it was. Things change, cities are mostly the same, but some small villages in remote area are not the same anymore. It is more touristic, and newer houses, not as charming.
Here you have a great day, light is perfect with blue sky, clouds formation, the place is cheerful with a few people, but not too many. Excellent POV with a square format composition. Well done.
Fis2 (89961) 2013-08-19 11:24
Znajomy klasyczny widok...
Odwiedziles swoj kraj :)
Ladny kadr z krakowskiego rynku.
fabbs99 (16817) 2013-08-19 22:09
Excellent pov to shoot the scene in daylights.Superb clarity and sharpness as well.
Graal (100068) 2013-08-19 23:32
przyponiales mi moja serie z Krakowa. Fajne ujecie pomnika wieszcza i kosciola mariackiego. Biedny poeta, zawsze jakies ptaszysko siada na glowie (na moim zdjeciu wystemplowalem). Szkoda, ze do zdjecia nie mozna dolaczyc hejnalu aby posluchac. Ciekawa notka i bdb zdjecie.
ikeharel (62829) 2013-08-20 5:00
Both this picture and the previous one with an opposite perspective, show the beautiful square in Krakow, Marius.
Chosen to post with the double turrets church's facade, and the statue stand prominently above.
Also notable, are the many young people stroll there, a vibrant view on.
Fine shot, best regards,
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2013-08-20 5:50
very nice shot....
great colour tones..
josepmarin (57911) 2013-08-20 10:53
you show us in this framing a great mixture of architectural styles, in the houses, in the Basilica, and in the monument.
The square is beautiful, and has a nice atmosphere, I like the people enjoying a sunny day under a wonderful blue sky and some decorative clouds.
It's a delightful composition, my friend.
nikkitta (16758) 2013-08-20 13:18
A very informative and interesting note about the trumpet call and the legend about him, great to know it continues nowadays
Good to remind us to look at your complement capture where are more pigeons than people, in both the architecture is colorful and beautiful
Good composition in vertical Statue and different towers (must be a history about it)
Can also see a cafe to seat and enjoy the view
Well done, congrats
For future trips
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adramad (40596) 2013-08-21 15:40
Splendid composition, with this superb POV that shows some of the gems of this beautiful place, I love the statue in front of the view so beautiful facade of the church.
A splendid day with beautiful colors.
Very good sharpness and brightness.
Have a good night.
Angshu (56568) 2013-08-26 1:12
Thanks for the wonderful note and the link to your earlier picture...the chance to visualise a 360 deg view by combining both pictures definitely makes this double interesting!
As always, the crispness of yoour post is what attracts me most. Great light & fine composition of course!
I did not know prior to reading your note about the marauding army of Mongols coming to as far as Poland!
Fine work as always!
adores (40916) 2013-09-02 18:50
Beautiful square for sure and you were there on a fine summer day. I like this pov and the composition, with the people around, the pigeon flying behind the statue and even the two different towers of the Basilica! Looking at the buildings I get the idea it is a really beautiful city indeed! Good note also!
serp2000 (42048) 2014-10-24 5:49
I see I just must to visit Krakow, it's very beautiful city and I want to say thanks you for so interesting composition from this place. The colors and details are superb!
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (32455)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-12
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya Pro PL
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-16 13:54