Cathedral Island - Ostrow Tumski, Wroclaw
Ostrow Tumski or Cathedral Island is where the city of Wroclaw was born.To get there from the University walk across Sand Bridge to Sand Island and the Tumski Bridge. This bridge has become the magnet for couples who leave padlocks chained to the ironwork in the hope that somehow it will keep them together forever. Whether it works or not I don't know but the padlock sellers nearby seem to be happy with the arrangement.
Due to continuous flooding a trbutary of the Odra was filled in and Ostrow Tumski ceased to be an island, but by walking over the Tumski Bridge it still feels like it is somehow.
Originally settled by a Slavic tribe in the 9th cent, it became an ecclesistical centre and although the city expanded onto the other side of the river the influence of the church dominated the area and still does to this day.
The Cathedral is obviously the main focal point here but there are plenty of other churches and monuments to take a look at as well. However there are very few places to stop for refreshment but the nearby Sand Island would make an ideal picnic spot.
A visit to Ostrow Tumski is a rewarding experience if you allow yourself time to take a leisurely stroll around and just soak up the atmosphere.
Ostrow Tumski, or the Cathedral island, was located on an island surrounded by The Odra river and its canals. Fro the beginning of 19th century it is not an sialnd already.
The place is popular with the wide rang of churches and old buildings. Walking on the narrow streets, one will find him/herself centuries ago. It is the right place for romantic walks and meetings.
Ostrow Tumski (Cathedral Island) is along with Sand Island (see tip on that one) the place of the earliest settlement of the city. Walk from Sand Island across the bridge Most Tumski - it's the traditional path since medieval times (the iron cast bridge is much younger), travelled by pilgrims, Emperors, kings etc. At this bridge you enter the domain of the bishop. It's a beautiful, quiet island where you feel taken back to some hundred years ago. Ok, ignore the few cars :-)
Most buildings are beautifully restored here, about a half dozen of churches is to find on Ostrow Tumski. Beside them there are also a Botanical garden and the canons' houses to both sides of the alley that leads straight to the cathedral. (see separate tip).
To be honest, I enjoyed the peace of the place - which was surprisingly not overrun by tourists, but I also felt an overwhelming presence of (conservative) catholic clergy which somehow made it unreal, like a sort of parallel universe to the bustling rest of the city.
If you enjoy visiting churches then Ostrow Tumski is the place for you - not only that, Ostrow Tumski (Cathedral Island) is where Wroclaw began in the 7th/8th century -- here you'll find the twin-towered St. John's Cathedral (parts of which date back to the 13th century) and other churches such as the Church of Peter and Paul, St Giles' Church, the Church of the Holy Cross and St. Martin’s Church.
OSTOW TUMSKI WAS AN EARLY CROSSING POINT OF THE RIVER ODRA DURING EARLY TIMES. IT'S AN ISLAND WITH 3 CATHEDRALS ON IT LOCATED ON AN ISLAND ON THE RIVER ODRA IN THE MIDDLE OF WROCLAW.
A HISTORICAL PLACE TO VISIT IF YOU'RE WALKING AROUND WROCLAW.
Ostrow Tumski this is the Cathedral Island. This is the oldest part of Wroclaw. Here was already in the 10th century the Duke`s castle and the part for craftsmen and tradesmen, and in the break of 10th and 11th centuries there was foundaded the Wroclaw Bishopric.
this island is also a highlight while a visit of Wroclaw. Here you can find five churches. The island belongs the oldest part of Wroclaw with a charming quarter, full of winding cobble stone roads, beautiful bridges and, as already mentioned, five remarkable churches.
Ostrow Tumski situated in downtown Wroclaw is an island on the Odra River. It is here where you will find the residence of the archbishop, the cathedral and other churches. It looks amazing lit up at night. A bridge joins the island to the rest of the city. There are boat trips available on the Odra during the day and night, there are relatively cheap and last about an hour.
The beautiful view of Gothic Cathedral on Ostrow Tumski - a island on the Odra River.
Ostrow Tumski is the oldest part of the city. There are the largest group of old churches and this is the site of the archibishopic.
This Gothic cathedral with two towers this is The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
Ostrow Tumski is the oldest part of Wroclaw and the seat of church authorities. It used to be an island until 19th century, when part of the Odra's bed was filled. After being destroyed in World War II it was rebuilt to become one of the most beautiful complexes of sacral architecture. In 1997 during the great flood that destroyed a big part of Wroclaw, Ostrow lived through very dramatic moments. Luckily, thanks to inhabitants who raised the embankments by two metres using the foil and sacks with sand, it was rescued.
the Cathedral - in the Ostrow Tumski area. The entire area, a former island, is Wroclaw`s main ecclesiastical area. There are several churches there and houses owned by the church, too. The cathedral is one of the two most important buildings, together with the Holy Cross Church, which houses two churches in one single building. It was built (the cathedral) between the 13th and 15th century and presents, in its interior, an interesting Marian chapel.
Ostrow Tumski was once an island on the river Odra until they filled in one of its arms, so it's not exaclty an island anymore. More important, however, is the fact that it's here where people first settled in Wroclaw. The area is a pedestrial one and it's the religious centre of the city: locals call it affctionately Church Town. Wroclaw's oldest church can be found here, right by the bridge, as well as the Cathedral (don't miss the Marian Chapel) and the Church of the Holy Cross, which houses two churches within the same building (you really must see it to believe it). The area is interesting during the day but it's magical at night: to see the shapes and outlines of these churches lit by street gas-lamps is very special. The area is very quiet and very safe, too... so there's no reason to miss it.
This is the oldest part of the city. It was an island until a channel of the Odra was filled up in the 19th century. Ruins found in the area date back to the 9th and 10th centuries. When you wander into this area you feel as though you are escaping the real hustle and bustle of the city.
On Ostrow Tumski the area around the cathedral is very nice to walk around -- look behind the buildings and you'll see some beautiful gardens
The Ostrow Tumski is a must to see in Wroclaw. An island of churches and cathedrals of great architectural interest (around which the city of Wroclaw developed), it makes a very pleasant excursion.