Torun Things to Do

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    St. Mary's Church.

    by Askla Updated Jul 19, 2014

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    A painted ceiling, 14th century.
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    St. Mary Church (Kosciol Mariacki) was built in stages, from mid 14th century and on. It is 60 meters in lenght and 27 meters in hight. It has no tower but instead three turrets above the choir at the eastern end. That is said to have been the code of building for the beggar orders at that time. There are, among other things, some very well preserved wall paintings in the church.

    The link below will take you to a site in Polish.
    For more pictures see the Travelogues.

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    Riverside stroll

    by alectrevor Updated Apr 30, 2013

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    Take a stroll by the banks of the river Wisla, Torun side. From the other side is a good panorama of Torun. To walk, the bridge is very long so i walked on bridge till i got the famous view for my camera. In that picture you can see the city wall..

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    Town Hall

    by alectrevor Updated Apr 30, 2013

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    Built in the 14 th century the Town Hall is a symbol of Torun past glory and wealth. You can climb to the top of the 40 m tower. Buy your ticket on street level office,dont start to climb without a ticket

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    St. John's Cathedral.

    by Askla Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    The church seen in distance.
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    St. John's Cathedral (Katedra Swietojanska) is a hughe brick building and one of the three largest Gothic churches in Northern Poland together with St. Mary's Churches in Gdansk and Torun.
    The original church was made of wood. Unfortunately it fell victim to a fire which ravaged Torun somewhere between 1263 and 1269. The reconstruction begun as soon as possible and was completed by 1330, if not even earlier.
    It contains a lot of valuable monuments of different kinds. There is, to mention something, a portrait of Copernicus and also the baptismal font where he was baptized.
    The church measures 68 meters in lenght, 34 meters in width and 29 meters in height of the exterior.

    For sightseeing you have to pay a small fee of 3 Pln, and for taking photos the fee is 10 Pln.
    You can enter the Cathedral's tower, which is 52 meters high. It contains the huge bell called Tuba Dei, cast in year 1500 in Torun. The bell is the second largest in Poland (surpassed only by the Zygmunt Bell in the Wavel castle in Krakow) weighing 7238 kg and spanning 227 cm in diameter.
    The tower is opened from April to October, 10 to 17. The fee is 6 Pln for adults, 4 Pln for reduced rate, and then the fee for the Cathedral is included.

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    The tram as a toy.

    by Askla Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    This old tram is situated in the street close to the south-western corner of the Old Town Square, opposite to the Holy Spirit Church. I think it is more or less brought there as a kind of toy, but it's a nice one!

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    Old and tall granary.

    by Askla Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    Built in the first half of the 17th century. The windows are decorated with bands which shall resemble tied grain bags. It is ranked as the tallest granary in Poland.

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    The "musical" fountain.

    by Askla Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    There is a quite new tourist attraction to keep the eyes open for - a musical or playing fountain, called Fontanna Cosmopolis. During the day the water in the fountain is following the music and that's it, but in the evening there are also lights colouring the water which makes it all very much more spectacular.
    In fact impressing and lots of people watching quite late in the evening when I went there. And I just happened to hear some classical music when I was out for a walk after dinner, so I tried to locate the origin of the music and came to see that it was this fountain.

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    St. James' Church.

    by Askla Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    St. James' Church (Kosciol Sw. Jakuba in Polish) sits close to the eastern corner of the New Town Square. It's a parish church for the New Town, and as such it is not open to the public, (except July - August when it's open from 12 to 15) but one can come inside the porch to the railings. There you can see some wall paintings from the 14th century, see my pictures. The great Gothic crucifix on picture 3 is called the Tree of Life and dates from the end of the 14th century. There are also some beuatiful railings to be seen.
    St. James' Church was the first church in Northen Poland to have an organ, in the first half of the 14th century.
    The church were completed in 1340 after more than 30 years of work.
    For more pictures see the Travelogues.

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    The Copernicus House.

    by Askla Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    Nicolaus Copernicus was born on February 19, 1473. The historians believe he was born in this house, hence the name. But he was born as Mikolaj Kopernik and Nicolaus Copernicus as a name was taken later, after being educated at the universities of Cracow, Padova and Bologna. He was born into the family of a wealthy merchant, his father's name being Nicholas Copernicus!
    Nicolaus was a very well educated man holding several posts during his life, like being a canon in the cathedral of Frombork (where his uncle was the bishop of Warmia at that time), helping the people in Olsztyn fight the Teutonic Knights, and being book keeper to mention just a few. But of course, we know him best as astronomer.

    He died on May 24, 1543.

    Opening hours every day except Monday from 10 to 16, May to September to 18.
    Admission full price 10 Pln, reduced 7 Pln. For photos 6 Pln extra.

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    Copernicus Monument.

    by Askla Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    The statue is situated close to the Old Town Hall. Begun in 1809, but only completed in 1853.
    The latin inscription on the socket says in translation: Nicholas Copernicus the citizen of Torun moved the Earth and stopped the Sun.

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    The House under the Star.

    by Askla Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    The House under the Star, Kamienica Pod Gwiazda in Polish, was built at the turn of 13th and 14th centuries. Part of the cellars and inside walls of the hallway have remained since that period. In late XVII century it was rebuilt in baroque style. The facade of the house is richly decorated with stucco arabesque motifs. An eight-pointed star, after which the house is named, is placed on its top.
    A splendid oak spiral staircase from 1697 can be seen inside. Nowadays the House under the Star houses a museum, the Museum of Far East Art.
    Entrance fee: adults 7 Pln, reduced 4 Pln.

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    The Town Hall.

    by Askla Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    Torun town hall is one of the largest town halls in the whole of Europe. It was originally built in 1274, but later rebuilt a few times, the last time in 1722 - 37.
    It is open to visitors every day except Monday from 10 to 16 (May to September to 18).
    Nowadays the District Museum is located here as well as a café at the side towards the square, and of course souvenir shops.
    The tower of the town hall is 40 metres high and you can visit it, opening hours every day 10 to 16 January to March, 10 to 18 in April, 10 to 20 May to September, 10 to 16 October to December. Adults 10 Pln, reduced price 6 Pln.

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    The Leaning Tower.

    by Askla Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    Not only Pisa has got its leaning tower but Torun as well!
    Originally a triple-wall defensive tower from the 14th century, but soon after it was built, the soil slid away leawing the tower leaning 1.4 metres to the north.
    There is no museum or anything like that in the tower but when I visited in 2007 there was a café and kind of a souvenir shop at the bottom floor. If still there, I do not know.

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    Monstrance Bastion.

    by Askla Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    Monstrance Bastion (Baszta Monstrancja) was built in the 14th century. It is the only octagonal edifice in the defence system.
    Not open to the public.

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    Cloister Gate.

    by Askla Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    The Cloister Gate seen from the Wisla side.

    The Cloister Gate, or Brama Klasztorna, dates back to the 1st half of the 14th century. It has got its name after the hospital and Benedictine convent that was located nearby.
    We can not visit inside as it nowadays houses flats.

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