Hourly bugle call from St. Mary’s in Krakow

We can hear a trumpet playing every hour, the Krakow signal bugle call, or Hejnal Mariacki.  The tradition dates back to the Middle Ages when it was announcing the opening and the closing of the city gates. The bugler also played it to alarm his fellow citizens whenever he saw a fire or the enemy forces. The melody’s abrupt ending is said to commemorate a trumpeter from Krakow who was shot through his throat by a Tatar archer in 1241 when the Mongols besieged the city.  Click here to hear the call… sounds just like this in real life.

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