In Polish: Muzeum Poczatkow Panstwa Polskiego
Gniezno was the first capital city Poland. The Museum provides an excellent exhibition of Poland before it was formed and after. There are four exhibitions - The Culture of the Polish Piasts, The Medieval Gniezno, Gniezno in Modern Times and The Painted History of the Piast Dynasty.
The Culture of the Polish Piasts is explained through a multi-lingual audiovisual show leading the visitor through the exhibition. There are reconstructions of medieval fortified settlements,10th C defence ramparts, and military and daily use objects from the early centuries of the Polish state.
The Medieval Gniezno shows models of the town of the 11th and 15th C, and other exhibits relating to the city. The highlight is a collection of Gothic tiles sculpted with Old Testament scenes and Polish coats of arms. The Gniezno in Modern Times covers the 16th to19th C.
The Painted History of the Polish Piasts presents 19th C Polish paintingswith the theme of Poland at the time of the Piast dynasty rule (10th- 14th C)
Open daily except Mondays and days following public holidays, 10-17:30.
2007 tickets: regular 5.5 ZL, reduced 3.5 ZL. Sundays free.
In the direct neighborhood of the Old Square there are two more sacred monuments. One is a gothic one-nave parish-church (1420-30) with a gothic tower crowned with baroque helmet. The church is surrounded with a wall that used to be a fragment of medieval fortifications.
Cathedral has two massive 85 metres tall towers towering over the city and the main nave is 22 metres tall. The oldest part of cathedral is presbytery with tomb of St. Adalbertus.
Main nave is surrounded by 14 chapels with a tombs of archibishops.
Gniezno Doors are one of the most value attractions of Cathedral and the city, being a very significant work of romanesque art. It is also mentioned as one of the most value attraction of romanesque plastic art in Europe!
The doors were created of bronze about in 1175.They are decorated with scenes from St. Adalbertus life.
Cathedral is situated on Lech hill on the side of old town. Gniezno cathedral was an aula of coronation of Polish kings, it was a place of many great historical events, untill nowadays is a church of Gniezno archibishops and a place of tomb of patron of Poland St. Wojciech.
The first temple was built probably in second half of 10 century. After destroying of the churh by army of Brzetys³aw, in 1038 was built new in Roman style. Today gothic building comes from 14 century and is a third church built on the hill.
The ONLY thing to do in Gniezno is to go to the cathedral and gaze at the "oldest door" in Poland. Make a photo or two with the nice commemorative plaza in front of the church and try to believe what they tell you on the plaques. Most probably you will be impressed till you visit Poznan and start asking questions.
Gniezno is situated in the south-east part of Wielkopolska Plain. The city is sorrunded by a lot of lakes, in the very city are situated three of them: Lake Winiary, Jelonek and Swietokrzyskie. Nowdays live there 71 thousend people.
The Cathedral (on the foto) it is the place of rest of Saint Adalbert and coronation of first Polish Kings.
Gniezno have a special place in the history of Poland. Here was born our statehood and here were the beginnings of Christianity in our country (966). The name Gniezno comes from word "gniazdo" ( the nest). 1000 year performed the Convention of Gniezno - Synod and 1025 - followed in the Catedral the crowning Boleslaw Chrobry the King of Poland.