Toruń

Toruń, a city in northern Poland on the Vistula (Wisła) river, is one of the oldest cities in Poland. Here in 1473 Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish Renaissance astronomer and mathematician, was born. The medieval part of Toruń is designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2007 the Old Town was added to the list of Seven Wonders of Poland (a short list of of cultural wonders in Poland). I spent the past weekend in this beautiful city and would like to show you how it looks like – enjoy 🙂

Nicolaus Copernicus monument and the Gothic Town Hall

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The Old Town of Toruń

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The University of Nicolaus Copernicus

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The fountain near the Old Town, I always enjoy watching how water encourages people to play and have fun, especially children 😀

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ImageImageImageImageImageImageThe Vistula River and the Filadelfijski boulevardImageImageImageA very common element in Toruń – little statuettes on windowsillsImage

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The most interesting buildings of Wrocław – part 3

I have some pictures presenting the oldest part of my city for you. I took the photos a few days ago, when the temperatures were extraoridinary high (36,6!), but I managed somehow to take a stroll on the Cathedral Island (Ostrów Tumski).

Let’s begin with the Grunwaldzki bridge 🙂

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The National Museum, covered with thick grape ivy (Parthenocissus)

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The Boats’ Bay (Zatoka Gondoli), where you can rent a boat or a canoe 🙂

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The Peace Bridge and the buildings of The Wrocław University Library and the Wrocław University Faculty of Chemistry

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The Old Town Promenade with vantage point

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Wrocław Cathedral

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The Cathedral Island – Ostrów Tumski

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The fountain by the Wrocław University Faculty of Philology

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The Ossolineum – one of the largest scientific libraries in Poland

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The most interesting buildings of Wrocław – part 2

Today you will see my city and its buildings in a different way – from above 🙂

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Views like this one above are a reward for climbing very steep and winding stairs of the Garnizonowy Church to reach its 90 m high tower.

This is a panorama of the west side of Wrocław

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A little bit more to the north

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A panorama showing the south part of the city

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You can see two peaks on the horizon – the higher Ślęża mountain and the smaller Radunia mountain

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Wrocław Old Town

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The Old Town houses and the Town Hall

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Have a nice week! 🙂

Świdnica – a town worth sightseeing

Today I will show you a town located about 50 kms far from my home city Wrocław – Świdnica (some of you may know its German name Schweidnitz). My early childhood memories are closely connected with this town, as I visited it quite often – my grandparents lived there.

The location of Świdnica:

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Świdnica exists since year 1243 and it became a town in 1267. Its name derives from the Old-Slavic word “svida”, which means “dogwood” (Cornus sp.). It is so because the place, where the town has its origin, was overgrown with dogwood shrubs.

The most famous and most splendid monument of architecture in Świdnica is the Peace Church.

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The Peace Church was built in 1657.

In 2001 it was added to UNESCO World Heritage List.

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The Church was built in a wattle-and-daub manner, which is very popular in the apline house-building.

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The Peace Church is surrounded by the old and beautiful park, in which the old cementary is situated.

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One of the large trees growing by the Peace Church

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The old trees in the Church park

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The European Union co-funds the restoration of the historic building near the Church.

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My mum, standing near this building

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The gate leading to the Church, and the nearby cafe

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Świdnica has also a beautiful Old Town with its marvellous Town Hall.

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Benches at the Old Town Square

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A nice restaurant, where we had our dinner

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Some inspirations

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Children always are very curious of the water 😉

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And this is how the Ślęża Mountain, lying close to Świdnica, looks like from the road leading from Świdnica to Wrocław

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I wish you a nice week 🙂

The most interesting buildings of Wrocław – part 1

With this note I am beginning a series of posts, that will show the most interesting and beautiful – in my opinion- buildings of Wrocław, my home city, with their surroundings as well. On this occasion I will also show you my home city, which is really beautiful. See yourself! 😀

This time I will present the splendid Renoma building and the nearby Puppet Theater (Teatr Lalek) with its gorgeous surroundings – the Old Town Garden. Enjoy the photos 🙂

The Renoma building – visible from the Kościuszko SquareImageThe Renoma building – visible from the Podwale StreetImageThe Renoma building was a warehouse, built in year 1929 in accordance with Hermann Dernburg’s design. Between year 2006 and 2009 a renovation of the existing building and its extension were executed, on the basis of the design by the Wrocław Maćków Architecture Design Studio. The character and style of the new part of the Renoma building are inspired by the old one.

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ImageImageImageThe new part of the Renoma buildingImageImageThe old partImageThe moat (by the Podwale Street)Image

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The monument of Bolesław Chrobry – the first king of Poland, near the Renoma building

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At the other side of the moat the Puppet Theater is situated. The building was erected in the neo-baroque style between years 1892-94, in accordance with Blummer’s design. Afterward, it was extended in years 1905-09, on the basis of A. Grau’s design.

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The Summer Stage of the Puppet Theater –  open from April till October

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The gorgeous fountain in front of the Summer Stage – named “A boy with a swan”

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The Puppet Theater visible from the moat

ImageImageThe text I wrote was based on sites:

http://www.mackow.pl/

http://www.teatrlalek.wroclaw.pl/

and translated into English by me.