Saturday, August 26, 2017

Fire Jam IV

I was invited to the event called "Fire Jam IV" that took place on the 24th of August in Olomouc. 

It was my first time going to take photos in that fire show. It was damn difficult to find the appropriate shutter speed - if it's too short, the fire doesn't look nice whereas an object gets blur when it's slow... Because of darkness autofocus is unreliable. Unexpected brightness due to varying intensity of flames made it difficult to optimize exposure time and subsequent ISO setting, blah blah blah... Excuse.

To be honest, I was bit reluctant to upload images here but here we go!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Katedra Wawelska

Wawel Cathedral, Katedra Wawelska in Polish, is a Roman Cathoric Church located on Wawel Hill in Kraków.

it is the Polish national sanctuary and traditionally has served as coronation site of the Polish monarchs as well as the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Kraków. The Wawel Cathedral has been the main burial site for Polish monarchs since the 14th century. As such, it has been significantly extended and altered over time as individual rulers have added multiple burial chapels.

ADMISSION TO THE CATHEDRAL IS FREE. Admission to Sigismund Bell, Royal Tombs, Cathedral Museum Regular Concession cost 12,00 zł for Individual tourists and 7,00 zł for Group.

Opening hours:
9:00 - 17:00 (Mon- Sat)
12:30 - 17:00 (Sun)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Synagoga Tempel w Krakowie

Synagogue temple in Krakow is located in the Kazimierz district in Krakow, Poland. It was built in 1860 - 1862. Among all Synagogues situated in the former Jewish quarter of the town of Kazimierz, this is the most recently built one.

The Moorish Revival building was designed by Polish architect, Ignacy Hercok. The temple, with its tall central section flanked by lower wings, is designed on the pattern of the Leopoldstädter Tempel, in Vienna, Austria. 

At the time the synagogue was built, Kraków was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The richly finished interior is adorned with dense patterns painted in many colors and copious amounts of gold leaf, but the patterns, with the exception of the exquisite Moorish design on the ceiling, are not stylistically Moorish. 

Today's synagogue was shaped in 1924, when ground floor aisles were added, shorter than the former body of the building. During German occupation in Kraków between 1939 and 1945, the Temple was used as a warehouse and the northern aisle served as a stable for horses. 

The synagogue was ruined during World War II by the German Nazis, who used the building as ammunition storage area. After the war, it was used again for prayers. 

Tempel Synagogue is not only a major place of worship, but also a booming center of Jewish culture, which hosts numerous concerts and meetings, especially during the Festival.

This is one of the most exotic and ornate of all the synagogues in Krakow. I enjoyed visiting there to have a quiet and solemn moment.

Admission fee is 10 Polish zloties (10 PLN). You can enter without wearing kippah (if you are a male visitor), however it is under renovation (9th of August, 2017)...