Journeys through Poland
Stock Photography By Christina Jablonski
In autumn the light is softer, the sky brighter and it is less crowded in the cities. I took the train and bus journeys to the pictured destinations and to those places that personally mean so much to me. It was great to explore the ancient castles and churches, visit the towns with their colourful historic buildings and modern structures, and to meet people.
Photo Captions for Journeys through Poland
Image #1. The Wawel Cathedral, Krakow, Poland The cathedral of Saints Stanislaw and Waclaw, built between 1320-1364 has some fine chapels, royal tombs and a remnant of the earlier cathedral from the eleventh century.
Image #2. View of Krakow, Poland A view of the city from one of the Wawel's cathedral towers.
Image #3. Church of St Mary, Krakow, Poland Church of St Mary (Kosciol Mariacki) - two uneven towers, the lower one was finished in the sixteenth century. From the taller one the trumpet call sounds hourly and is broadcast by Polish radio at noon.
Image #4. Main Market Square, Krakow, Poland The City Hall Tower (gothic) and the renaissance Cloth Hall on the right. On the upper floor of the building is part of the National Museum.
Image #5. A fountain at Manufaktura, Lodz, Poland Manufaktura is a large shopping complex built on the grounds of the nineteenth century textile factory. The red brick structure that now boasts elegant shops, cinemas, cafes and restaurants seems invisible at night. The centre stage takes a fountain dancing with colours.
Image #6. The dolls, Krakow, Poland At the Krakow's medieval Cloth Hall there are small shops and stalls selling amber and silver jewellery, decorative glass objects, leather goods, paintings and many more. The pictured dolls dressed in the folk costumes are among the most colourful souvenirs.
Image #7. The Old Market Square, Krakow, Poland The pictured are the thirteenth century tower of the Town Hall (left) and the Cloth Hall in the centre of the square. The later was originally built by the medieval cloth merchants. Although goods for sale are not the same, the trade continues. The small shops on the ground floor offer some quality souvenirs.
Image #8. The man in a festive costume, Krakow, Poland Dressed up and handsome in his regional costume, the man was minding a small souvenir stall. When I approached he smiled and posed for the picture. Colourful attire like his may be worn on special occasions or simply to entice tourists in the old town to buy gifts.
Image #9. A fountain, Manufaktura Lodz, Poland One of the attractions of the Manufaktura shopping complex is a fountain many metres long. The water discharge is synchronised with the music to produce interesting effects. At night the colours appear and change, and the fountain lights up the public space.
Image #10. A yellow bus, Manufaktura, Poland A toy-like bus takes people from the Zachodnia Street gate to the shops. Although useful the vehicle is also a great fun. The words on its side mean just that - What a ride!
Image #11. Izrael Poznanski's Palace, Lodz, Poland The pictured are the elaborately decorated turrets seen from the courtyard and the gardens.
Image #12. Manufaktura, Lodz, Poland Open in 2006, this shopping centre was built on the grounds of the Poznanski's textile factory. The red brick buildings were restored and incorporated into a novel complex.
Image #13. The Poznanski Palace, Lodz, Poland The nineteenth century textile producer in Lodz, Izrael Poznanski built his palace next to his enormous cotton factory. His elegant abode was one of the few palaces he owned and the least inhabited. Today it is the Museum of Lodz.
Image #14. Mural, Lodz, Poland That mural decorates the wall of a building at Piotrkowska Street. Created in 2001 by the group called Design Futura it is the largest of its kind in Poland.
Image #15. Reinhold Richter's villa, Lodz, Poland The pictured villa from the start of the twentieth century was owned by a wealthy industrialist. Now it houses Rector's office of the Lodz Polytechnic.
Image #16. Statues of the Malbork Castle rulers, Poland In the courtyard of the Middle Castle stand four figures of the most prominent Masters of Teutonic Order.
Image #17. Castle of the Teutonic Knights, Malbork, Poland The eastern walls of the castle are glowing in the morning sun. The shadows of the trees growing by the road are still long enough to reach them across the moat. It is peaceful - tourists are yet to come.
Image #18. The well, Malbork Castle, Poland The well stands in the inner courtyard of the High Tower, a part of the fortress the Teutonic Knights used as their living quarters.
Image #19. Malbork Castle, Poland A short train journey from Gdansk is the Malbork Castle. The red brick medieval fortress built by the Teutonic Knights is a world heritage site and a place worth spending some time to explore.
Image #20. Amber necklace, Malbork, Poland The centuries old amber necklace at the Malbork Castle museum is rather a simple object compare to some elaborate amber pieces exhibited there. It is a precious item made of resin found and processed in the area.
Image #21. The Old Market Square, Poznan, Poland The summer is over but people still enjoy sipping their drinks at the outdoor cafes in the heart of the city. The buildings around are centuries old; some are still original while others needed to be rebuilt after damages sustained in the WWII.
Image #22. Ulica Dluga (Long Street), Gdansk, Poland This is one of the main streets in the old town. It is closed to traffic and often used for various parades. The merchant houses on both sides have the narrow facades adorned with interesting elements - from coats of arm to mythological figures to geometric patterns. The tall structure on the far side is the 14th century Town Hall.
Image #23. The cranes, Gdansk shipyard, Poland This photo was taken from a small ship navigating the Moltawa River.
Image #24. River Moltawa, Gdansk, Poland Early in the morning there is no traffic on the river and the old houses reflect in the calm water. The majority of them were restored after damages sustained in the WWII. These days the waterfront is a favourite place to shop for amber and silver jewellery or to gossip with friends in the cafes.
Image #25. Gdansk Crane, Poland The dark crane towers over the old houses on its both sides. It was built of wood in the fifteenth century to deal with cargoes from the arriving ships. Like many buildings in Gdansk the crane was damaged by fire in 1945. Restored in later years it is now a part of Central Maritime Museum.
Image #26. A terrace of the merchant house, Gdansk, Poland On Mariacka Street in the old city there are many such elaborately decorated terraces. They often lead to the jewellery shops, art galleries and to the boutiques selling clothes made by the local artisans.
Image #27. View from Church of St Mary, Gdansk, Poland A group of school children climbs with me to the top of the tower. They shout, pointing to each other their school or homes hidden in the maze of ancient houses, some details they discover in the narrow streets and the blue of the river spiked with cranes on the far right. Then their teacher interrupts and gives them a brief history lesson.
Image #28. Giovanni Battista di Quadro, Poznan, Poland A small statue of the famous Poznan's architect of the Italian descent overlooks the Market Square from its niche on he first floor of the Museum of Literature building. Di Quadro was also involved in a few important projects in the 16th century Poland.
Image #29. The Market Square, Poznan, Poland The sun lights the row of purple, green, brown, cinnamon and blue merchant houses. The first tourists walk past and someone curious is checking out the painting exhibition near the Town Hall. It is still peaceful and the photographer sips her morning coffee admiring the view before her.
Image #30. Town Hall, Poznan, Poland The sixteenth centry Town Hall was built by the Italian architect di Quadro. Tourists flock daily to admire the white structure with its arcades and the clock tower. At noon the two mechanical goats appear, causing excitement when they lock their shiny metal horns twelve times to mark the hour.
Image #31. The Opera House, Poznan, Poland Named after the Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszko the theatre was designed by the German architect Max Littmann at the start of the twentieth century. This photo was taken from the park opposite the main entry. Sprays of water from the fountain soften the view of the stark neoclassical facade of the building.
Image #32. The Poznan Cathedral, Poland The two towers stand against the faultlessly blue autumn sky. In the vast space inside the church are things from centuries past: the Golden Chapel with the remains of the first Polish rulers, the High Altar carved by the 15th century sculptor, tombs of bishops and prominent local families. All of those marvels remind a visitor this is the place where Polish history was born.
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