Poznan Off The Beaten Path

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    Polish Underground State and Home Army Monument

    by HORSCHECK Written Jun 13, 2009

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    The Polish Underground State and Home Army Monument was unveiled on the 26th September 2007, about 68 years after the founding of the Polish Underground State.

    The bronze and steel monument was designed by the Polish artist Mariusz Kulpa.

    The monument mainly consists of a symbolic house and 6 eagles flying out of it, representing the destroyed houses of WWII as well as Poland's fight for independence.

    Directions:
    The Polish Underground State and Home Army Monument is can be found in the Wieniawski Park, which is situated west of the city centre, somewhere behind the Grand Theatre.

    Polish Underground State and Home Army Monument Symbolic House of the monument Polish Underground State and Home Army Monument One of the 6 eagles
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    Former Jewish cemetery

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jun 13, 2009

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    An early 19th century Jewish cemetery used to be located in the place where nowadays the Trade Fair grounds can be found. It was totally destoyed by the Nazis, who used the tombstones to pave roads.

    Since 2008 the existence of the cemetery is commemorated by a memorial plaque at the entrance to a courtyard in the street ul. Glogowska 26a.

    The courtyard was also the resting place of Poznan's Rabbi Akiva Eiger. New tombstones have been erected in the vicinity of the graves.

    Memorial place of the former Jewish cemetery Memorial Plaque for the former Jewish cemetery
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    Trip to Gniezno

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jun 13, 2009

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    On Easter Sunday we took a half day trip by train to Gniezno, which lies about 50 km east of Poznan.

    Geniezno was the first capital of Poland and is nowadays home to about 70.000 inhabitants.

    The city is dominated by its Gothic Cathedral (Archikatedra Gnieznienska), where Poland's first five kings were crowned.

    Apart from the cathedral, Gniezno has a picturesque market square and several other churches.

    Directions:
    There are frequent train services between Poznan and Gniezno. Depending on the type of train a 2nd class single ticket costs between 10 and 14 Zloty.Tickets can be bought directly at both Poznan's and Gniezno's train station. The journey takes between 40 and 60 minutes.

    Website: http://www.gniezno.home.pl/

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    Sidetrip to Srodka

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jun 13, 2009

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    Srodka is an old district of Poznan, which was an independent town until 1800.

    The name was derived from the weekly town market which took place on Wednesdays (Sroda = Wednesday).

    Nowadays the district seems to be a bit negelected, but it has its own charm.

    Around the central Market Square you can find the Kino Malta and the St. Margaret's Church, which was built in the 15th century.

    Srodka lies to the east of the Cathedral Island (Ostrow Tumski).

    Srodka: Market Square Srodka: St. Margaret's Church
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    Former Jesuits College

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    The college - or a monastic house where part of the friars devoted their time to educating young people - was founded in PoznaƱ in 1570. One year later the first Jesuits came to town. The College was opened in 1573.

    The college as it is today was built in the 18th century. The edifice was designed by Jan Catenazzi and its construction started in 1703. Barely had the foundations been laid when the Northern War broke out. Construction was only completed between 1722-32. Originally the building had the shape of a horseshoe.

    The external furniture of the church looks very modestly in comparison with internal. Its present appearance of beautiful baroque building with decorative facades and delightful interiors owes to Italian architects.

    In the autumn of 1806 Napoleon Bonaparte lived here. Between the wars the buildings housed the authorities of the voivodship. Today it houses the City Council.

    Poznan - Former Jesuits College
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    The Old Town

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    The Old Town of Poznan is placed in the territory less than 20 hectares, which Poznan occupied in XIII century. Few constructions of that time remained there. Buildings were reconstructed many times, their shape and view varied.

    In the XIX century the strengthening which surrounded the medieval city were disassembled. However, when the city was restored during post-war time architects tried to return that very view to houses which they had three hundred - five hundred years ago.

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    Small goats - the symbol of Poznan

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    Another symbol of Poznan settles down in a turret of the Town Hall, where the clock is placed. The small door opens every midday and two small goats appear there from; they butt, collecting crowds of spectators. They butt each other twelve times.

    For the first time this wonder appeared in 1651. We did not manage to see this show. However we saw the sculptural image of these small goats on one of the streets. Possibly they symbolize goats of the Town Hall clock.

    Small goats - the symbol of Poznan
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    Pilgrimage to Lichen

    by sihi Updated May 2, 2007

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    It is worth to to day trip to Lichen town from Poznan. Lichen Stary is a second major Catholic pilgrimage centre in Poland. There are lots of the churches in the town. One of them is Lichen sanctuary - largest temple in Poland. Near sanctuary stone hill is situated - so called Calvary with Crucify of Jesus.
    This place is fabulously nice.

    Lichen sanctuary
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    Do trip to Gniezno

    by sihi Updated Feb 6, 2007

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    In some 50 km from Poznan the first capital of Poland is situated. Gniezno is known of its Cathedral where many Polish kings were crowned. Also tomb of St. Adalbertus (Wojciech) locates in Cathedral. There is also old town and lake in Gniezno.
    Gniezno is definitely worth a trip from Poznan, becouse these two cities were the first capitals of Polish state!!

    Gniezno cathedral, Poland
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    Kornik town

    by sihi Updated Sep 24, 2007

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    One of "must see" tourist attractions near Poznan is a town of Kornik, located in 30 minuts by bus from Poznan centre. It is quiet old town with historical centre. There is a town hall in the centre of square, nearbe church built of red brick is situated, nice renovated houses around. Main sight visited by tourists is Kornik castle. Kornik is situated on the bank of large lake.

    Square in Kornik. Poland, EU
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    Brewery LECH

    by sihi Updated Jul 26, 2008

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    Poznan is a city with old brew traditions. It has large brewery producting popular traditional Polish beers. The name of brewery is Kompania Piwowarska. There are organised guided tours in brewery for tourists. You can see how is beer produced here, how is beer packed to bottles and cans, see film about corporation, visit pub and degustate beers.
    Some beers produced in Poznan brewery:
    LECH - real Poznan beer!
    TYSKIE - very famous traditional beer from Southern Poland
    ZUBR - traditional Bialystok (Estern Poland) beer
    Dog In The Fog
    REDD'S - fruit beers, womens like it!

    In brewery Production of the beer. Poznan, Poland
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    Palace of the Gorka Family.

    by Askla Updated Dec 14, 2012

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    In Wodna ulica 27, one can admire the wonderful portal from 1548. Inside there is a yard with arcades. When the palace was newly built it even had a little pond on top of the roof!
    It is situated in the square made up of Ul. Wodna, Swietoslawska, Kozia and Klasztorna. The north-western corner of the house "touches" the Old Town Square.

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    Fragments of the city wall.

    by Askla Updated Dec 14, 2012

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    There is not much left of the old city wall, but at the bend of Masztalarska ulica (north of the Old Town Square) there is a short piece of the wall still standing. Or more acurate, what is there is the remainings of a tower, 6 meters high and 8.5 meters in diameter.

    The earliest mentioning of defensive walls in Poznan is in a document from 1297. It is believed that the city was fortified by Przemysl II, probably in 1275. The length of the walls was 2300 steps (1 step = 75 cm). The wall was supplemented by circa 35 towers, all named according to what craft guild was maintaining the tower or after special users.

    The big part of the walls were dismantled during the 18th and 19th centuries because they limited the growth of the city.

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    St Margaret's Church.

    by Askla Updated Dec 14, 2012

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    The Srodka district was the main trade centre of Poznan in the 13th century but lost its importance when the town moved a little westwards. St Margaret's Church is one of few remaining buildings from the prospering days. The church is from the 14th century but much altered. It is historically interesting, but not open to public.

    To get there, take tram line 8 from city centre and get off at the roundabout, Rondo Srodka, after crossing the bridges 2 over the river. Cross the road and you will find the church about 100 meters further on among the houses.

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    Gniezno

    by marishabandb Updated Apr 19, 2003

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    A short bus journey from Poznan will take you to the first historic capital of Poland. From here Polish recorded history began.

    In Gniezno you will find the valuable Gothic cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, with remnants of its Romanesque past. Its most precious treasure is a pair of bronze doors cast in the 12th Century and featuring scenes from St. Adalbert's life.

    The original building was erected by Poland's first historical ruler, Mieszko I, prior to 997. An archbishopric was established here in 1000, when Mieszko's son Boleslaw the Brave played host to Otto III, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Boleslaw the Brave was crowned here in 1025, as the first King of Poland.

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