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    Lake Jelonek

    by yumyum Written May 9, 2009

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    Not far from the cathedral is the lake which is popular with the locals for outdoor activities. There are benches along the shore. On the other side of the lake, hidden in the trees, is the museum about the beginning of Poland. From the other side of the lake you can take lovely pictures of the cathedral in the background. Best to do this in the afternoon because of the sun.

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    Cathedral

    by yumyum Written Jun 13, 2009

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    Gniezno has a beautiful cathedral sitting on Lech Hill. In this cathedral which dates back to to 1324 till 1370 the first five Polish kings were crownd. The cathedral has many amazing things to see. Unfortunately, on Easter Sunday the museum and crypt were closed as well as the tower which you can otherwise climb.

    If you have the change make sure you see the original Gniezno doors made of bronze in the 12th century. They tell you the story of Adalbert’s life. The artists are unknown but probably from Germany.

    Of course there were other churches on that site at least as early as the 10th century.

    Outside behind the cathedral you may see the remains ie the layout of such a church. Also in front of the cathedral you may see the big monument of Boleslaw I. and the broken original bell.

    Cathedral former bell Boleslaw I. back view
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    Holy Trinity Church (Kosciol Sw. Trojcy)

    by yumyum Written May 9, 2009

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    I only had a quick peek inside the church because it was full of wedding guests and the bride and groom were already waiting outside.

    The church features a bell play outside which rings twice a day and has a moving St. Adalbert. The church has a gothic tower and a baroque interior. Inside the wall that surrounds the church there is a memorial for the people murdered at Katyn forest. Also you can see the last bit of the city wall that is left in Gniezno.

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    Reliquary of St. Wojciech

    by yumyum Written May 10, 2009

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    The reliquary of St. Wojciech is placed in the centre of the chancel of the cathedral. I was very impressed by the silver casket with its saint dressed in a bishop’s gown on top. Piotr van der Rennen of Gdansk made this reliquary in 1662. The figures around the casket were made by the famous Poznan sculptor Wladyslaw Marcinkowski.

    In 1986 the reliquary was stolen and damaged. It was consequently restored and placed into the cathedral again.

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    Franciscan Church

    by yumyum Written May 3, 2009

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    King Boleslaw the Pious founded this church in 1259 for the Franciscan friars he brought to Gniezno. The tower is what’s left of the Klaryski Konvent Oratory. Unfortunately, when we visited there was a mass going on, so we couldn’t see the high altar with the famous painting of the Holy Mother of Gnizeno which is famous for miracles. The church is considered one of “the” sanctuaries because of “Our Lady of Consolation the Queen of Gniezno”.

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    Rynek

    by yumyum Written May 9, 2009

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    The Rynek or market square is rather big in Gniezno. It features a fountain in the center which hopefully works in summer. The tourist office can also be found here. It was closed on Easter Sunday though. On the Rynek you may also see a lot of metal plates in the ground. They are more or less forming a half-circle and show the coat of arms of other towns across Poland. The present lay-out of the square is from 1819 and the houses are from the 19th and 20th century because a big fire destroyed the previous ones.

    Rynek Rynek - a huge square tourist office view towards cathedral coat of arms of Gniezno

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    St. John the Baptist’s Church

    by yumyum Written May 9, 2009

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    If you follow the footpath by the Franciscan church then you will see the church also known as the church of “The lord’s Tomb Monks”. This name is taken from the order that was established to protect the Lord’s Tomb during the Crusades in the Holy Land. The church is from the middle of the 14th century and is of Gothic style. Amazingly, it has hardly changed over the centuries. The interior shows ornaments of human faces and frescoes.

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    Holy Trinity church

    by sihi Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    Holy Trinity church was founded in 12 century. It one-nave gothic church. After year 1613 underbuilt in baroque style. The church has a gothic tower with baroque helmet. There is a clock with a chime instalated on the tower.
    In the church you can see renaissance baptismal font, late-baroque pulpit. The door of sacristy is from 15 century.

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    Gniezno Cathedral

    by sihi Updated Jan 22, 2007

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    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.

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    The first capital of the Polish State

    by evona Updated Apr 6, 2005

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    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.

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    The Cathedral

    by evona Updated Apr 6, 2005

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    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.

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    Gniezno Cathedral

    by sihi Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    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.

    One of the chapels in Gniezno cathedral. Poland
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    Old town

    by sihi Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    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.

    Gniezno old town panorama. Poland
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    Old town - Franciscan church

    by sihi Updated Oct 4, 2008

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    The other is the early gothic-baroque Franciscan church and monastery (of the end of 13th century) which was created as the result of connecting two temples: of the Franciscan monks and the nuns of the order of St. Clare, with15th century tower. In the main altar there is a painting depicting Madonna with the baby, called "the Lady of Gniezno". Local people treat it with particular reverence. The Franciscan church also houses the relics of the blessed Jolenta who died in 1279.

    Franciscan church in Gniezno. Poland Fanciscan church-view from cathedral tower.Gniezno
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    Gniezno door

    by sihi Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    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.

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