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Sandomierz

here is the market square of Sandomierz...
here is the market square of Sandomierz...
...a town with history from the stone ages...
...a town with history from the stone ages...
...but significantly built up from the 14th to 17th centuries
...but significantly built up from the 14th to 17th centuries
we've hired a guide to show us around
we've hired a guide to show us around
we start with the Opatowska Gate, a surviving fortress gate and tower
we start with the Opatowska Gate, a surviving fortress gate and tower
the view from here is excellent...
the view from here is excellent...
...over the Wisla river...
...over the Wisla river...
...from the city's perch on a hill
...from the city's perch on a hill
in the distance, the Pepper Mountains
in the distance, the Pepper Mountains
our guide explains to Witek and Marla about the city fortifications
our guide explains to Witek and Marla about the city fortifications
then we pass by the former synagogue (now a city admin building)...
then we pass by the former synagogue (now a city admin building)...
...and thru the city wall at the Needle's Eye
...and thru the city wall at the Needle's Eye
several types of wooden buildings are still found in this area
several types of wooden buildings are still found in this area
here's the city's famous ravines, a set of passages thru the hills around town
here's the city's famous ravines, a set of passages thru the hills around town
this one takes us to the Dominican church...
this one takes us to the Dominican church...
...one of the oldest brick churches in Europe
...one of the oldest brick churches in Europe
the early 20th-c. glasswork is especially lovely
the early 20th-c. glasswork is especially lovely
the monastery is also the site of a 13th-c. martyrdom of 48 monks
the monastery is also the site of a 13th-c. martyrdom of 48 monks
now back in the steep ravines...
now back in the steep ravines...
...to take a shortcut to the castle
...to take a shortcut to the castle
our guide tells us some legends about the ravines
our guide tells us some legends about the ravines
up again at street level, we pass more historic wooden houses
up again at street level, we pass more historic wooden houses
a view along the Wisla
a view along the Wisla
looking back at the Dominican church...
looking back at the Dominican church...
...and up at the medieval castle and city museum
...and up at the medieval castle and city museum
the castle is only a quarter of its former size, having been blown up by pesky Swedes in the Deluge
the castle is only a quarter of its former size, having been blown up by pesky Swedes in the Deluge
flint is plentiful in the area...
flint is plentiful in the area...
...including an interesting spotted type...
...including an interesting spotted type...
...and the world-famous striped flint
...and the world-famous striped flint
a very early (12th-c.) chess set
a very early (12th-c.) chess set
16th-c. stonework by Master Benedict
16th-c. stonework by Master Benedict
folk art from the region
folk art from the region
typical households...
typical households...
...and workshops
...and workshops
in the arts section: a recollection of the writer Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz
in the arts section: a recollection of the writer Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz
a special exhibit on Jacek Malczewski and his son Rafal
a special exhibit on Jacek Malczewski and his son Rafal
back on the street...
back on the street...
...we next visit the Diocesan Museum in the former house of Jan Dlugosz
...we next visit the Diocesan Museum in the former house of Jan Dlugosz
Mary and Catherine by the elder Cranach
Mary and Catherine by the elder Cranach
a kind of relic sampler
a kind of relic sampler
Mary, Agnes, and Clara by a local 15th-c. artist
Mary, Agnes, and Clara by a local 15th-c. artist
Mary pierced by pain, originally in the Dominican church
Mary pierced by pain, originally in the Dominican church
curios...
curios...
...like this Jericho rose
...like this Jericho rose
a sandstone madonna from the 13th century
a sandstone madonna from the 13th century
a library of wood types!
a library of wood types!
here's the Sandomierz cathedral, re-styled in the Baroque era
here's the Sandomierz cathedral, re-styled in the Baroque era
a last look up before we go...
a last look up before we go...
Sandomierz panorama from the Opatowska Gate
Sandomierz panorama from the Opatowska Gate