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Metal Monday

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Jacek Hiro playing with Roman Kostrzewski (RIP) in 2021

Kraków Barbican

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Kraków Barbican (June 2021)

It’s not every day that you run into perfectly preserved buildings from the 15th Century. I don’t know if the barbican normally looks like this as it is now a tourist attraction, but during Covid, everything was closed so tourists weren’t crawling all over this gem.

Juliusz Słowacki Theatre

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Juliusz Słowacki Theatre behind Plac Św. Ducha (Krakow, Poland – June 2021)

Until 1891, a large hospital was located in the foreground next to the church on the right (Church of the Holy Cross, built in the 14th Century). The hospital turned into a jail for over a decade in the 19th Century before being demolished to make way for the theatre. I really wanted to go inside as photos of the interior look incredible, but thanks to Covid-19, it was closed.

Sala Kongresowa

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Congress Hall (Warsaw, Poland – August 2021)

It’s been 10 years since anyone has played at this venue in Warsaw. The facility has been under renovation for much longer than originally planned. A bankruptcy and cost overruns will keep the concert hall closed for at least another year. The building in the background is this one.

Birkenau Crematorium Ruins

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Birkenau, Poland

Today’s photo is a rather grim one. These are the ruins of the gas chamber and crematorium at the Birkenau Concentration Camp (Auschwitz II). They were demolished in January 1945 by Nazis before retreating. A guard tower can be seen in the distance. Over a million people were killed here; more than 90% were Jewish.

Happy Sunday

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Saint Mary’s Basilica (Krakow, Poland)

I believe the sign on the roof says something about it being restored in 1927. However, that’s strange because Wikipedia says the roof was replaced in 2003.