holmertz (36273) 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 (36273) 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 glss 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 (36273) 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 (36273) 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.
holmertz (36273) 2014-07-15 07:34:20Taken one day later, when the weather was less favourable. It is not my ambition to always include as many persons as possible in my photos, but what can I do when a large group of school kids and their teachers park themselves in front of my camera?
holmertz (36273) 2014-07-15 07:31:42I saw this young woman walking slowly back and forth across the square. Clearly she was no bored tourist. I guess she was hired to contribute to the atmosphere just by looking pretty and medieval.