Photographer's Note

During my recent visit to my hometown, Tarnów, I had time for just one blue hour session. I picked the Holy Family Church near the train station. I have already uploaded one view of the church HERE, this is another POV. In the foreground you see a fragment of the Solar System Fountain. It was originally my favourite foreground for photographing this church but it appeared to be more challenging than I expected. The church has very slim and high towers (here the second tower is hidden behind the first one). If one wants to include both the fountain and the church the slim tower will get very close to the edge of the frame and consequently it will get deformed. In the end I had a choice: either to present a deformed church with a nice fountain or other way around. I decided to keep the church straight and to avoid showing the deformation in the foreground I limited the view of the fountain to what you see here. The optimal POV would be from the 11th floor of the building standing behind my back (see links below).

This recently built water fountain (Google Satellite photo still shows a previous version of the fountain) was designed as a simplified 2D model of the Solar System. The Sun was build of steel and glass (yellow ball in the bottom right side of the photo) whereas granite planets were placed within orbits made of steel (fragment of ball in the bottom left corner corresponds to Saturn). Moved by the water they rotate. Obviously the water circuit is closed in winter. The fountain is illuminated at night. I guess this place offers even nicer opportunity for a photographer when the water is running.
Photos of the fountain from other POVs which I found in internet: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Holy Family Church has two almost identical towers. Built in 1904-1906 in the neogothic style according to the design by Jan Sas-Zubnycki. Consecrated 1908. It was damaged in the WWII.
More info about the church (Polish language only) here.

I guess it is a sign of changing times, seeing a heliocentric model in front of the Catholic Church.
Catholic Church has seen such model for several hundred years as heretical, but it has to be mentioned that a fully predictive mathematical model of a heliocentric system was first presented (in 16th century Poland) by a Catholic cleric Nicolaus Copernicus. Printing of heliocentric books in Rome was first approved by Pope in 1822.
By the way, the infallibility of the Church is the belief that the Holy Spirit will not allow the Church to err in its belief or teaching. In Christianity, this belief is held mainly if not strictly by the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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