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Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
15 Sep 2019 #3,031
The excrements fell down directly into the moat. :)

Urghhh!! I would imagine the stench would have been enough to keep any potential invaders at bay!

Where was I?

Inside the Barbican? That looks to be a scale model of Kraków's Barbican minus the turrets. Is that how it originally looked when it was built?

Those pics at the bottom are the ruins of Krzyżtopór Castle?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
15 Sep 2019 #3,032
I would imagine the stench would have been enough to keep any potential invaders at bay!

Invaders weren`t scared off by the stench coz they smelled awful themselves. :)

Yes, Krzyżtopór Castle.

Yes, Barbican. Minus the turrets? No, they are there on the model, but the pic quality is bad.

See a closer view. .

And a riddle after it:

What is the function of this building?





Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
15 Sep 2019 #3,033
What is the function of this building?

I will have to think about this. I don't have a photo of it and it's not as easy as I thought it would be. Are those angels/cherubs at the top of the building?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
15 Sep 2019 #3,034
No, they are other allegorical figures which represent the main "pillars" of the institution located there.

Hint: Mind the perspective. Where was I taking the pic of that building?

In the meantime

What is this bay window tower attached to?



Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
16 Sep 2019 #3,035
Where was I taking the pic of that building?

Somewhere almost as high up, adjacent building? It's not another scale model is it? I am stumped I'm afraid.

What is this bay window tower attached to?

The Sukiennice. The clock in the background is on the town hall tower.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
16 Sep 2019 #3,036
Somewhere almost as high up, adjacent building?

Yes, the adjacent building from the previous photo. :)

Yes, Cloths Hall, the oldest shopping centre in Krakow. :)

Why such a queue?



Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
16 Sep 2019 #3,037
the adjacent building from the previous photo. :)

I should've known.......
I found the building and looked at it on Google street view. It's on Basztowa and goes round the corner on Zacisze. I can't find out what it is though! Google keeps giving me stupid information.......

As for the queue, I will need to think some more......
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
16 Sep 2019 #3,038
I can't find out what it is though!

It is NBP - National Bank of Poland. :)

Hints: The Old Town. May. Night. :):)

Meanwhile:

What casts that shadow?



OP pawian 161 | 9,971
16 Sep 2019 #3,039
It is NBP - National Bank of Poland. :)

I forgot to add: those figures on top are allegorical representations of two pillars of the bank - industry and farming. The building was erected in 1920s.

pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gmach_Narodowego_Banku_Polskiego_w_Krakowie
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
16 Sep 2019 #3,040
It is NBP - National Bank of Poland. :)

Arrgh! One of the first things I did was to google banks and financial institutions and it didn't come up so I moved onto museums etc.....

What casts that shadow?

It looks like a dog when I turn the screen round.....I'll have to think about it and the queue, my brain is packing up now!!

those figures on top are allegorical representations of two pillars of the bank

Ok, thanks for that :)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
16 Sep 2019 #3,041
so I moved onto museums etc.

I do admire your industrious zeal. Unremittant. If all or at least most of my students were like that, they would need to drag me out of school with a tractor .:):)

It looks like a dog

You are close with this animal. But the shadow was cast by another mammal.
Miloslaw 6 | 2,587
16 Sep 2019 #3,042
Yes, Krzyżtopór Castle

Isn't that where Joker was recently?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
16 Sep 2019 #3,043
Yes, Milo. Crossaxe was a defensive palace with very rich interiors. E.g, horses were kept in stables tiled with marble and giant mirrors on the walls.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
16 Sep 2019 #3,044
your industrious zeal

I'm just stubborn :)

But the shadow was cast by another mammal.

I'm still not sure after looking at it on my mobile. Is it a cartoon character animal?
Miloslaw 6 | 2,587
16 Sep 2019 #3,045
horses were kept in stables tiled with marble and giant mirrors on the walls.

I read that.
Polish history is quite beyond belief sometimes :-)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
16 Sep 2019 #3,046
Is it a cartoon character animal?

Nope. It is a very serious mammal, which enabled people do great things in history. And the shadow isn`t a joke, either. It is a serious shadow in Krakow.

Polish history is quite beyond belief sometimes :-)

Unfortunately, such things as marbled stables contributed to the fall of Poland.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
16 Sep 2019 #3,047
It slightly resembles a boar, but that is not exactly close to a dog.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
16 Sep 2019 #3,048
When I said close, I meant you guessed there is an animal in the shadow. But it doesn`t mean they are so similar/alike.

Besides, boars haven`t enabled people to do great things in history. Even if they did, they were uncomparably surpassed by other mammals.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
16 Sep 2019 #3,049
The Old Town. May. Night. :):)

It's not the Night of Museums is it?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
17 Sep 2019 #3,050
Yes, of course. Why such a queue? People are queuing to get sth for free. :)
Atch 17 | 2,933
17 Sep 2019 #3,051
Polish history is quite beyond belief sometimes :-)

Not really. Horses were extremely prized in Polish culture as indeed they have been in many cultures, including England. Have you ever seen the Prince Regent's stables at Brighton Pavillion?
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
17 Sep 2019 #3,052
shadow was cast by another mammal.

Ok, round 2. Is it a bison or now extinct Auroch?
Miloslaw 6 | 2,587
17 Sep 2019 #3,053
Have you ever seen the Prince Regent's stables at Brighton Pavillion?

I haven't, but point taken.
But I meant that Polish history in general is quite beyond belief sometimes, not just those stables.
Atch 17 | 2,933
17 Sep 2019 #3,054
I don't think Polish history is that extraordinary, not much more so than any other European country anyway. In what way do you find it beyond belief?
Miloslaw 6 | 2,587
17 Sep 2019 #3,055
In what way do you find it beyond belief?

1.The Szlachta.
2.Royal elections.
3.The number of times Poland has been partitioned and returned.
4.The Battle of Vienna.

That's just off the top of my head.

All pretty unusual.
Ziemowit 12 | 3,614
17 Sep 2019 #3,056
The six wives of Henry VIII and the fact that he ordered to murder them all (or nearly all - I don't remember exactly) was also beyond belief.
Miloslaw 6 | 2,587
17 Sep 2019 #3,057
The six wives of Henry VIII

He only executed two.
Ziemowit 12 | 3,614
17 Sep 2019 #3,058
"Only" is a very improper word here. It was two too many, don't you think so? [Let those two unfortunate women rest in peace.]

The Battle of Vienna.

The Polish forces coming to rescue Vienna was Poland's big mistake. We should have left the Habsburgs to their own fate as these were the Habsburgs who almost 100 years later forgot about it and de facto initiated partitions of Poland by taking over some lands south of Nowy Targ in 1768. It would have been much better for Poland if the Austrians had yelled under Ottoman yoke since 1683 onwards.
Atch 17 | 2,933
17 Sep 2019 #3,059
.The Szlachta.

1. How are the szlachta unusual??
2. Elected monarchies are not peculiar to Poland.
3. Well, rather than the number of times it was partitioned, it would be more true to say that it's highly unusual for a country to disappear completely from the map and cease to be known even by its own name anymore. That is most unusual I agree - and it happened partly because of Poland's unique geographical location right in the centre of Europe between three very powerful neighbours.

4. The Battle of Vienna - what about it??
Miloslaw 6 | 2,587
17 Sep 2019 #3,060
It was two too many, don't you think so?

Executed for adultery.Not so unusual in those brutal times.

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