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St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow

Usually when I talk or write about St. Mary’s Basilica, I’m referring to the beautiful Spanish mission style Catholic church in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. I received confirmation there. My wife and I were married there, and we remain parishioners there. It’s quite special to both of us.

I was looking through some of my old photos recently, and I found a picture of another, much older St. Mary’s Basilica. This one is in Krakow, Poland. It’s also beautiful, built in a Brick Gothic style in the 14th century.

I remember the evening well. It was summer of 2006. I was in the process of backpacking solo through Europe for about six weeks. I took the picture around dusk. I spent before the rest of the evening in an outdoor cafe in the plaza in front of the basilica. Drinking wonderful Polish beer. Watching beautiful Polish women walk by.


I don’t remember actually going inside the basilica in Krakow. I guess churches didn’t interest me quite as much back then.