The first church built on the site of present day St Mary’s Basilica was built in the 1220s. The views from the tower are a real highlight and have amazing views of the whole city.
On every hour, a trumpet signal is played from the top of Saint Mary’s towers. The song ends mid-stream to commemorate a famous 13th century trumpeter, who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol attack on the city.
Saint Mary’s Basilica also served as an architectural model for many of the Polish churches that were built abroad, particularly those like Saint Michael’s and Saint John Cantius in Chicago.