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The text also includes a few words in Polish and German (last name, street names etc) but do not be discouraged – we would send .mp3 files with correct pronunciation of those! Please send quotes.
2007-07-13 05:17:46 GMT 2007-08-21 05:00:00 (GMT +01:00) Amsterdam, CopenHagen, Madrid, Paris, Vilnius Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 12 12 1 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 10 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 12 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
Now let’s walk to the right of Saint Mary’s Church, to an open space that looks like a courtyard, embraced from the left by St. Mary’s Church and from the right by four building. It is the Plac Mariacki, The St. Mary’s Square.
Head towards the fountain with a statue in the middle of the square while I tell you the story of the Krakow bugle call. In the past the call was played to open or close the gates to the city. It was also played as a warning to alarm of an approaching danger. The tradition has it that it breaks off abruptly when the trumpeter playing it for alarm, was hit by a Mongol arrow and died instantaneously. If you timing is lucky and it’s the top of the hour, that is let’s say 5 PM wait around to hear the bugle call.
Stop around the fountain in the middle of the courtyard and look at the large, redbrick building, with a triangular-shaped gable, in the back of the courtyard. It is St. Barbara’s Church. According to a legend it was built of the bricks that were left over from the construction of the St. Mary’s Church.
Until mid 1500s the services in that church were conducted in Polish, while the services in the large St. Mary’s Church to your left were in German. The reason for that is that initially the majority of the burghers in Krakow were settlers from Germany. It was only in the 16th century that they largely adopted the Polish language and so did the St. Mary’s Church.
Look left at the Visitors Entrance to St. Mary’s Church- it is a big, greenish door. At both sides of the door, about waist-height, you can see shackles and chains hanging out of the wall. This is where sentenced prisoners were chained and held for display.
Here you can decide whether you want to see the interior of the church now or later on. The main attraction of this church is the altarpiece of a famous Nuremberg sculptor Veit Stoss, known in Polish as Wit Stwosz. The altarpiece is one of the finest examples of High Gothic sculpture in Central Eastern Europe. Apparently Picasso after seeing it said that it was the eighth marvel of the world.
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