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Bugle call in Krakow

Bugle call in KrakowTravelers to Krakow in Poland will not fail to be aware of the hejnal or bugle call that can be heard every hour and is likely to have woken them in their hostel at some point.

Emitting the sound from St Mary's Basilica in the main square is the responsibility of the firefighters in the city, reports Polskie Radio.

Earlier this month, the regional fire department relinquished their bugle-calling responsibilities after 17 years and handed it back to the municipal fire department.

For the past 700 years the hejnal has been sounded by Krakow guards standing watch to check for any enemy forces or incidents of fire within the walls of the city.

Michal Niezabitowski from the Historical Museum of Krakow commented: "We don't know much about the melody that was played, or whether it had a continuation. However, we do know that at the time of the Tatar invasions the guards would have played Bogurodzica and not the tune we know today."

The Tatars joined forces with the Mongols and, led by Genghis Khan's grandson, first attacked Europe in 1223.

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