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Saint Mary's Basilica (Polish: Kosciol Mariacki) is a Brick Gothic church adjacent to the Main Market Square in Krakow, Poland. Built in the 14th century, its foundations date back to the early 13th century and serve as one of the best example of Polish Gothic architecture. Standing 80 meters (262 ft) tall, it is particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz in Polish). Some of its monumental poly-chrome murals were designed by Poland's leading history painter Jan Matejko. From the higher tower is played the bugle call (hejnal in Polish) every hour. In 1978 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside the Historic Centre of Krakow.

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