An architectural gem

by Helen Hooker August. 21, 2015 2039 views

I felt sure I wouldn't be short of architectural inspiration around Kraków and my expectations were more than met as we explored the city. The most colourful building we visited was St. Mary's Basilica in the market square. The exterior proved a challenge to photograph as it was surrounded by bustling crowds of tourists by day. The area was much quieter during my early morning walks but at that time the sun was behind the towers, making a good exposure quite a challenge. Thanks to the magic of Photoshop I've been able to create an image that works but it took quite a lot of work! Inside, the basilica is a riot of colour and gold leaf - so different from British churches but certainly photogenic. The rest of my photos in this post were taken as we explored, some during my early morning strolls and the rest during our day trips out around the city.

An early morning shot of St. Mary's Basilica. A couple of hours later it was surrounded by huge crowds of tourists.

Even the doors of the Basilica are beautifully decorated.

These two lions guard the door to the tower in the main square

Many of the buildings in Krakow have been beautifully restored but some still need some TLC, like this one

You see a lot of these house numbers around the city - I love their art deco design

The Barbican was originally part of the wall that surrounded it to deter would-be invaders

Inside the church of St. Peter and St. Paul

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Gillian Parsons 4 years ago

Stunning interior, wonderful series.

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Olga Helys 4 years ago

One of the best in Krakow

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Larry Sample 4 years ago

A spectacle well captured.

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Jay Boggess 4 years ago

WOW! Thanks for sharing this fabulous series! All your hard work has certainly paid off, handsomely!

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