Bugle-call is the only musical signal in the world which has been regularly played every hour for six hundred years. No one knows when exactly the tune was created, nothing is known about its composer. Probably it wandered to Poland from Hungary in the second half of the 14th century during the reign of king Louis or his daughter Jadwiga. The fact that the bugle was played from the higher of St. Mary's towers has been confirmed by the city accounts dating from as early as 1392.
|From this tower - the bugle-call is played.|
|The crowds gather to listen the bugle-call.|
|Since the first radio broadcast in 1927, the bugle-call is played to the same Marconi microphone.|
|Every hour, with a half-a-second accuracy the bugle-call is played|
When the programme was first introduced, the BBC offered to broadcast the signal by British radio. However the condition was that it would be transferred to Warsaw. But Cracow could not consent to that proposal- it would mean selling its soul.