I had that afternoon to fill after our day excursion had been shortened to a halfday excursion. So I wandered rather aimlessly. The sun was already low when I reached Ostrów Tumski. Now the streets around the cathedral are always a worthy destination at dusk because of their so special light and atmosphere created by the gas lanterns.
I even happened to encounter the Latarnik again, lighting the gas lanterns one by one.
In pre-Christmas season Ostrów Tumski is even more beautiful. The small trees in the street are decorated with chains of little light bulbs. Together with the illuminated buildings and the evening sky, this made great pictures.
Behind the cathedral they had oversized Froebel stars on the lawn which were illuminated after dark.
Then I saw that the cathedral was still open, so I went in. A look at the sign advertising the view from the steeple revealed that the steeple would be open until 5 p.m. It was only a few minutes past four, so I took my chance, bought a ticket and hopped into the lift up.
The light and the colours were amazing, almost psychedelic. I think these pictures do not need commenting…
I very much appreciate that the cathedral in wintertime allows viewing the sunset and the city at night. Since Poland is located so far east in the timezone, the sun sets early, before 4 p.m. in December. So this is an occasion not to be missed. There is not even need to schlepp along a tripod: The viewing platform on top has breast-high stone walls that easily substitute it.