holmertz (37041) 2014-08-05 06:31:13Wawel Hill in the morning, before the rush started. The Castle is to the right, outside this photo. What you see here is the Cathedral and some smaller buildings that I suppose are used for the administration.
holmertz (37041) 2014-07-22 10:47:23The last part of the Palace of the Supreme Court ends by the lawn in front of the Krasiński Palace. On this lawn are five brightly coloured winged horses created by the artists Beata Konarska and Paweł Konarski. The palace, like so much else in Warsaw, was heavily damaged during WW2 and rebuilt later.
holmertz (37041) 2014-07-22 10:41:19The Palace of the Supreme Court is shaped like an "L". This is from where the lower part of the L crosses the street like a triumphal arch. The glass panes are filled with silhouettes of birds of prey to scare real birds away so they won't kill themselves by flying straight into the glass.
holmertz (37041) 2014-07-19 06:49:00Minutes before. Late May was the end of the semester and all Polish cities were full of children on excursions with their teachers. This group is turning into ulica Kopernika, Copernicus Street. Nicolaus Copernicus (Mikołaj Kopernik; 1473-1543) was one of the great Renaissance scholars dealing with almost every branch of science and culture but most of all known as an astronomer and mathematician. He taught us the the Sun is the centre of our universe, not the Earth, He was born in Toruń and is still the pride of the city.
holmertz (37041) 2014-07-19 06:42:31Minutes after. I think these children were given a lecture on the history of Toruń by the guide in the "medieval" dress. I don't know what the white and black flag signifies, but i wouldn't be at all surprised if it has some connection with the Catholic church, which is very influential in Poland.
Having written this, as expected, I got it all explained to me by Malgo (emka)::
Such sign, black cross on the white was worn by Krzyżacy, The Knights of the Cross or The Teutonic Knights. Torun was founded by them in 1233. There are many castles built by them in northern Poland, biggest one is in Malbork. Torun castle was also built by them.