Cracow, June 2008

Stained glass window in Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter

The Barbican (whatever that is).

You find black Madonna and Child representations all over central Europe. Not found out why yet.

Wawel Castle


Oskar Schindler's factory. I didn't know until recently that it still existed. It's being renovated to turn it into a museum. Unfortunately, the famous...

...gate is obscured by a barrier, but I found a work-around for that. I can see I'll have to come back one day to see what they turn this into.


See. Told you I had a work-around to get a picture of the gate.

A holocaust memorial in a square in Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter.


Part of Wawel Castle again.

The 'Arbeit Macht Frei' gate at the entrance to Auschwitz I. The guardhouse just out of shot, top left, houses a webcam.


The electrified security fences, with barbed wire and spikes.

The gate from just inside.


Small sentry box in the assembly area where the SS guard could shelter out of the weather.

Reconstructed execution wall.

Officer's quarters


Kommandant's office.


Auschwitz I general view.

Crematorium chimney.

Crematorium interior.

The crematorium.

Time for a little light relief before walking the 1.5 miles toAuschwitz II.


Auschwitz II, or Auschwitz Birkenau.



As you'll have guessed, I'm trying to get a dramatic shot of the Death Gate.

Accomodation block.

These pictures are stitched together...   

...into a panorama, shown below.

In the main square in Cracow.

The Cloth Hall in the centre of the square.

The salt mine in Wieliczka.

Down the salt mine.

Salt encrusted on the walls and ceiling.

Spikes of  salt on the ceiling. Stalactites are normally knocked off where they might fall and spear a tourist but they soon grow back.

The chapel in the salt mine, carved out of the rock salt.

A carving of  The Last Supper.

Detail thereof.

I'm trying to get a picture of the underground pool of water. 

There's a bar too!

The rebuilt accommodation blocks. As can be seen in the picture below, many of the originals were burned down as the SS departed, leaving a landscape of isolated stone chimneys.


The view from the guard tower gives an indication of the size of the site.