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St. Mary's Church in Kraków.
According to legend, two brothers built the church towers, each his own.
The first of them, built slowly and solidly on a broad foundation.
The second noticed too late that his high tower stood on too little basis and it became clear that the first of the brothers will rise much more beautiful and more robust tower.
Jealous architect stabbed his brother and then hid the body.
Residents of Kraków waited in vain to finish the tower. Nobody knew what to do, so it was decided to only cover the unfinished building by helmet.
During the ceremony of consecration of the two towers, in one of windows of the higher tower appeared its builder, who told the assembled citizens that he is not worthy to live, because of jealousy he killed his brother and... stuck a knife in the heart.
This knife according to the legend is in the Cloth Hall where hangs as a warning.
Veit Stoss altar in St. Mary's Church.
It shows falling asleep of Mary surrounded by the apostles.
It was carved for 12 years in the fifteenth century by sculptor Veit Stoss who came from Nuremberg.
Its height is 11 meters, width of 13 meters and is Europe's largest Gothic retable.
200 linden wood figures shows contemporary to the artist clergy, courtiers, and burghers.
Realistic approach to the figurs allows us today to see what diseases plagued the residents of Kraków.
The hardest infirmities has Judas.
He has bumps on his forehead, strabismus, saddle nose and his skin is devoid of hair.
This are classical lesions of syphilis, as modern doctors have stated.
For his work Veit Stoss been paid 3,000 florins, which was the equivalent of the annual budget of the city (today's city budget is approx. 4 billion PLN or 1 billion Euro).
Gothic fortified building from the fifteenth century with seven towers, numerous embrasures, walls thicker than 3 meters, drawbridges and moat with a width of 24 meters and a depth of 3 meters - to the eighteenth century it was never impregnable fortress.
The greatest danger threatened to it in the nineteenth century, when the Austro-Hungarian emperor recommended its destruction due to health and sanitary reasons.
Fortunately, one of the councilors in a fiery speech showed that the destruction of the Barbican and Florian's Gate will cause an intrusion of strong northern winds into the city, exposing residents to numerous rheumatism and perhaps even paralysis, and also wickedly will raise skirts of Ladies Mothers and Wives (!).
What glorious - these arguments prevailed and there are not strong winds in the city...
Traditional stall in Krakow.
The oldest news about the fairs of Krakow come from the fourteenth century. Even then in the city operated fairs.
Today's fair takes place continuously throughout the summer, when to the city come to most tourists.
The old days, when as a medieval chronicler writes:
"[...]. The British traded the best cloth, Hispanic - wine, Magyars - copper, Germans - precision in iron, Russians - fur [...]. " are gone.
Now, remembering the beginnings of the city a Krakovian girl in a wreath - that is headdress assigned to maidens and virgins (married women wear headscarves) sells beads with a phone in her hand.
1. Transit Warsaw - Krakow.
2. Sightseeing of Krakow (2 hours) by electric bus with audio-guide (26 languages). Tour: Church of St. Adalbert, St. Mary's Church. Church of St. Cross, Juliusz Słowacki Theater, Florian's Gate, Barbican, Czartoryski Museum, Cloth Hall, Town Hall Tower, Franciscan Church, Wawel Castle, Piarist Church, Street of St. John, Church of St. John, Palace of Arts, Collegium Novum, Collegium Maius, Bishop's Palace, Planty Park, remains of the ramparts of Kraków, Kazimierz Town Hall, Wolnica Square, Corpus Christi Church, Temple Synagogue, Old Synagogue, Popper Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue, Isaac Synagogue, Kupa Synagogue, High Synagogue, Synagogue on the Hill, New Square, Church of St. Catherine, Skałka, Church of the Holy Trinity, Gestapo Prison, Broad Street, New Cemetery, River Vistula, Ghetto at Podgórz, Under the Eagle Pharmacy, Ghetto Heroes Square, History of the Ghetto and its inhabitants, O. Schindler Factory, walls of the Ghetto, Market Square of Podgórze, Church of St. Joseph, Church of St. Benedict, Fort of St. Benedict, Krak Mound, Zucker Synagogue.
3. Sightseeing of Krakow (2 hours) with an english-speaking licensed guide .Tour through the Old Town: Royal Road, Church of St. Florian, Julisz Słowacki Theater, Planty Park, remains of the ramparts of Kraków, Barbican, Florian's Gate and Street, Grodzka Street, Market Square, St. Mary's Church with an altar by Veit Stoss, Cloth Hall and National Gallery of Art, Church of St. Adalbert, Jagiellonian University. Additional option to choose from instead of free time - or Schindler Museum, or underground of Market Square with historical exhibition of the city.
4. Transit Krakow - Warsaw.
Total price for private guided tour with english speaking Educator & Driver:
All tickets and fees included in the price.
The total duration of the tour: 10 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Krakow is 300 km / 186 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 3 hours 30 minutes.
Approximate length of sightseeing: 2 hours.
Time of Krakow Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.