Symbols of Krakow

 

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There are official (flag, coat of arms and colours) and unofficial (place, products, melody, characters) symbols of Krakow. I would like to tell you a few words about these tokens.
The coulours of Krakow is a white colour and a blue colour. The former symbolizes inncocence and the latter – the waters of the Vistula River.
The coat of arms presents the red wall with three towers. In the centre of the wall is located the gate with a white eagle with a gold crown. On the to of the coat of arms is the golden crown.
The bugle-call can be easily heard in the Market Square every hour from the tower of the Mariacki Church. This melody, which is played by a trumpeter, is a a tribute to the 13th-century city guard, who wanted to warn residents against Tatars' army and was killed stabbled by an arrow.
The Polish Obwarzanek is a kind of bread in the form of a ring which is broad sold in Kraków. They can be bought with salt, sezam or poppy seeds in special spots spread in Kraków.
Enchanted pigeons have been inhabited Kraków for ages. The legend says that the young prince allowed the witch to turn his knights into pigeons in return of money. Knights have never been disenchant. Today, they are almost everywhere in Krakow waiting for some crumbs.
The Wawel Dragon appeared in Krakow during the reign of the Krak King. The monster was devouring animals and people. It was a poor shoemaker who killed the ram and filled its interior with sulfur and left before the dragon's cavity. When the dragon devoured the animal, it felt a great desire. He went to the banks of the Vistula river and drank the water as long as ... burst.
Sigismund Bell – the most famous Polish bell is placed in the tower of the Wawe Royal Castle. It was founded by Sigismund I the Old and it sounded first time in 1521. The iron heart of the bell was used for nearly 500 years. On Christmas Eve 2000 years it broke the fourth time and was replaced with new ones. But the old, damaged heart can still be seen - at the entrance to the tower Sigismund.

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