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St. Mary's Basilica Tower

The Interrupted Bugle Call (Hejnal Mariacki)
Every hour on the hour the sound of the hejnal mariacki, a drawn-out bugle call, is played from the tower of St. Mary's Basilica and drifts across the rooftops of central Krakow. After around a minute the music of the bugle is interrupted mid-note, just as it has been for hundreds of years, in honor of the bugler who, in the 13th century, used his instrument to alert the city's inhabitants of an imminent Mongol invasion. A well-aimed arrow to the throat prevented him from finishing his warning tune and his unfinished melody is played four times in quick succession by a proud cohort of buglers, some of whom come from a long line of family members to have performed this Krakow tradition.