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The legend of Bugle call in Kraków

Lajkonik, Krakow, Poland
Lajkonik, Krakow, Poland

On September 16, 2019, we witnessed an unusual event in Krakow.

An Italian tourist, Mrs. Paola Giacomini, visited Krakow a year ago. Moved by the legend about the Krakow bugle call, she decided to do something extraordinary.

Let's remember what this legend is about.

Since the Middle Ages, the tower of St. Mary's Basilica was guarded by a guard who warned the city against dangers (including fires and enemy invasions). The same guard played the bugle call at sunrise and sunset, a signal to open and close the city gates.

Well, when in 1241 Tatars invaded Krakow, the guard was sounding the alarm. While playing, a Tatar arrow pierced his throat, tearing the melody away.

Since then, the interrupted bugle-call has been played every hour from the tower of the church in four directions.

Paola, who traveled around the world on horseback, returned to Krakow after a year and decided to give the city an arrow brought straight from Mongolia as a symbol of peace.

As she said, “an arrow is a weapon, but also an arrow sets the direction and I would like peace to be the direction".

This beautiful message was accompanied by a party on the Krakow market, when Paola presented the arrow to the Mayor of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski.

There were also medieval dances and a performance of the famous Krakow lajkonik.

We invite you to watch the show:

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