About Krakow

Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River (Polish: Wisła) in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic hubs.

In 1978,UNESCO approved the first ever sites for its new World Heritage List, including the entire Old Town in inscribing Cracow's Historic Centre. Kraków is classified as a global city by GaWC, with the ranking of High sufficiency. Cited as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, its extensive cultural heritage across the epochs of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture includes the Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle on the banks of the Vistula river, the St. Mary's Basilica and the largest medieval market square in Europe, the Rynek Główny.

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Guest Photographer feature: 
“Discover Krakow through Szymon Madej's Eyes.”

"What I love about panoramic photography is that you are always being able to sit down and get inside the scene, reliving the moment and exploring details you might have missed before"


AYRTONA native of Kraków, Szymon "Zbooy" Madej graduated from the Jagiellonian University in 1994 and has been working in IT ever since. He discovered his passion for photography in 1980 and seems to have been faithful to it for the last 30 years, in the meantime passing some of it to his son, Jakub. 

Doing panoramic photography on a non-commercial basis allows him to have something he finds invaluable: a complete freedom of choice, be it of subject, composition or mood. He feels equally well when capturing the fleeting moments (recently during the funeral ceremonies of Polish President), and when exploring some dark nooks of an old wooden church. An avid mountain hiker and small town explorer, Szymon always has his panoramic equipment ready, and his greatest rewards are approving comments on his site, panoramy.zbooy.pl.   

» More about Szymon Madej can be found at: http://panoramy.zbooy.pl/

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