Krakow, Poland

a southern Poland city near the border of the Czech Republic, is known for its well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter. Its old town – ringed by Planty Park and remnants of the city’s medieval walls – is centered on the stately, expansive Rynek Glówny (market square). This plaza is the site of the Cloth Hall, a Renaissance-era trading outpost, and St. Mary’s Basilica, a 14th-century Gothic church.


Cathedral, Covington, Kentucky - Swooping View by William McLaughlin

Salus Populi Romani

A copy of the icon of Mary in the basilica St Mary Major in Rome, known as the Protectress of the Roman People. This copy is in a museum of Colonial Art in Mexico, but was probably painted in Rome.

Krakow, Poland

One of my favourite photos from my Europe trip, a night portrait of St. Mary's Basilica. “On every hour, a trumpet signal is played from the top of the taller of the two towers. The plaintive tune breaks off in mid-stream, to commemorate the famous 13th century trumpeter, who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol attack on the city.”

I was so happy to eventually hear that; it’s a beautiful melody, and very exciting when heard amongst a crowd of excited people who want to hear it as much as you do. 


Assorted saints. 

Stained glass windows at St. Mary’s Basilica in Phoenix, Arizona. The windows were commissioned between 1913 and 1914  from the Emil Frei Art Glass Company in St. Louis, Missouri, though they may have been manufactured in Germany. 

Depicted here are Ss. Henry, Margaret of Cortona, Clare, Roche, Anthony, Francis, Elizabeth of Hungary, and Agnes. Please click any photo for enlarged views.