Ostrow Tumski and Piasek Island

 

The Botanical Garden in Wroclaw


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The Botanical Garden was established in 1811 as a research institute of Wroclaw University. It ranks among the oldest university institutions of that type in Poland. Located in the area of the city’s fortifications and its oldest district, i.e. Ostrow...

Mill Bridge – Mlynski Bridge in Wroclaw


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Like the Sand Bridge, the Mill Bridge was first mentioned in 1149. It linked Olbin with Cathedral Island and was once much wider than it is today. At first it was called St. Vincent’s, being situated near the abbey in Olbin. In the 16th century, what...

Sand Bridge in Wroclaw


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Sand Bridge (Piaskowy Bridge) first mentioned in 1149, is considered to be the oldest in Wroclaw. Its construction is probably related to the existence of the ‘amber trail’ running from the Adriatic, through Sand Island, to the Baltic. A...

Tumski Bridge in Wroclaw


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Tumski Bridge is a steel bridge over the north branch of the Oder river in Wroclaw. Constructed in 1889 it replaced an old wooden bridge to connect Ostrow Tumski and Wyspa Piaskowa. Until 1945, its name was Dombrucke. It is an old road...

Archdiocesan Museum in Wroclaw


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The Museum of the Archdiocese has existed since 1898. The museum collects, conservates and displays artistic and historical works of art. The exhibition includes sculpture, painting, textile art (14th – 19th century) and ancient relics: mummies, wedge...

Archbishop's Palace in Wroclaw


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Archbishop's Palace is located at Katedralna Street. At the beginning of the 12th century, this was a two-storey late-Romanesque bishop’s residence with a rectangular base and two rooms separated by a vestibule. Upstairs there was a larger hall...

Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Wroclaw


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St John the Baptist Cathedral is one of the most valuable monuments of Wroclaw’s church architecture. This was probably the first cathedral erected in the times of King Boleslaus the Brave, when a bishopric was established in Wroclaw in the year 1000. It was...

Church of the Holy Cross in Wroclaw


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Church of the Holy Cross was the first two-storey church built in Silesia and one of only a handful in Europe. It was founded by Duke Henry the Righteous to commemorate the end of his long dispute with Bishop Thomas II (1270–1292) and was to serve as a...

Church of St Martin in Wroclaw


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The small Gothic saint Martin church is the only remaining part of the oldest Piast's castle in Wroclaw (The Silesian Piasts were the oldest line of the Piast dynasty that gave Poland its first kings). It was created in 80's of the XIII century surely as a...

Church of St Mary on Piasek in Wroclaw


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Piasek Island (Wyspa Piasek), literally translated Sand Island, has been a religious centre since the 12th century and is dominated by the Church of St Mary on Piasek. The church was constructed for canons regular in the second half of the 14th...

Ostrow Tumski in Wroclaw


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Ostrow Tumski is the oldest part of the city of Wroclaw. It was formerly an island between branches of the Oder River. Archaeological excavations have shown that the western part of Ostrow Tumski, between the Church of St. Martin and the Holy Cross, was the...

Wroclaw's Islands


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Wroclaw's islands, bathed by the River Odra, are peaceful places for a stroll away from the bustle of the city. Along with the hundred and twenty bridges, Wroclaw's twelve or so islands are part of the equation which add up to the city's 'Venice of Poland'...