The Renaissance Town Hall was built at the beginning of the 14th century. Little of the original structure remains because over the years it has suffered fire and hurricane damage, and bomb damage during WW2. The oldest surviving parts are the cellars with their early-Gothic cross-vaulted ceilings. It was used as the City's administration building until 1939. The biggest atraction is the Great Entrance Hall with its elaborately decorated ceiling. The clock tower has 2 doors above the clock face from which 2 rams emerge at 12 noon daily to do battle and butt each other 12 times. The town hall is also the location of the Historical Museum of Poznan.
The Historical Museum of Poznan is situated inside the Old Town Hall. The exhibitions are quite good and the ceilings in some of the rooms are worth the entry on their own. Free entry on Fridays, otherwise it costs a few zlotych, 5 or 6 for adults, 3.50 or 4 for reduced price.
If you want to take photos inside you have to pay for that (just one or two zlotych).
Behind the high altar you find the magnificent Golden Chapel, Zlota Kaplica. It contains the tombs of the first two Polish rulers, Mieszko I (ruling until his death in 992) and Boleslaw Chrobry (ruling 992 until his death in 1025).
We found the Queen of Holy Rosary Church more by chance than on purpose. Actually we were looking for the Monument of the Polish Underground State and Home Army, which is located opposite to the church.
The Queen of Holy Roses Church is also known as Church of the Dominicans, as it belongs to the Dominican Order. The construction of the church started in 1937 but was discontinued by WWII. It was finally compled in 1960 and consecrated in 1997.
The Queen of Holy Roses Church is situated west of the city centre, somewhere behind the Grand Theatre, at the street corner of Libelta and Al. Niepodleglosci.
Stary Marych is a fictious but typcial citizen of Poznan.
The character was created by the actor Marian Pogasz for a local radio programme, where Stary Marych told short stories about daily life as well as about politics in a local accent.
The bronze statue of Stary Marych and his bicycle was erected in 2001.
The Statue of Stary Marych stands in the Wiosny Ludow Square, which is located at the northern end of the pedestrianised shopping street Polwiejska.
The first mention of city walls in Poznan can be found in a document from the end of the 13th century.
Since then the fortification system of the city was changed several times. Only a few remains of the old city walls still exist.
Parts of the old city walls can be found a bit north of the Old Market Square (Stary Rynek), in the area between the streets ul. 23 Lutego, ul. Masztalarska and ul Wolnica.
Coming out of the Parish church you have a short way to the right, on the wall in the corner of the house in the crossing with Ul. Klasztorna, a Late Gothic figure of the Madonna . That is all what remains of the Gothic church of St. Mary Magdalena from 1470. The church once the pride of the town but due to bad maintenance it had to be pulled down.
The Observant Franciscans (wearing brown habits), who in Poland were commonly called Bernardines, after St Bernard, arrived in Poznañ in 1455. Initially they erected a wooden chapel outside the city walls, in Piaski, and by 1473 the chapel made way for a brick church. This Gothic structure was destroyed in 1655 by the Swedes stationed in Poznañ.
It's the only island on the Warta River in Poznan, is the oldest part of the city. The origins of Poznan and the state of Poland are closely associated with this site. It is here that the first pre-Piast stronghold was established in the 8th or 9th centuries.
It is here where you'll see the Cathedral Basilica. The cathedrals first builging, which once bore witness to the origins of Christianity in Poland, was erected on the Island of Ostrow Tumski. Credit for constructing the edifice goes to Poznan's first bishop Jordan, appointed in 968. Alternatively, it's believed to have been built later in 1000. The first Polish rulers Mieszko I (Died 992) and Boleslaus the Brave were buried beneath the cathedral.
I'm sure you won't be visiting Poznan without seeing the old town, but some are on business and it may become a toss-up. It's worth to see, sit and have a beer while watching the people.
If you feel like shopping, there's a huge mall called the Stary Browar. It's a short walk away.
Srodka is a historical district in Poznan located between Ostrow Tumski (isle) and lake Malta.
Before, in middle ages Srodka was a separate town that wasnt a part of Poznan. Srodka was known of its beer brews.
Today Srodka is a usual simple small part of the city with a central cobblestoned street with old 3-floor houses. There is a square with a St. Malgorzata church from 13 century.
Bernardine church is situated on Garbary street very close to old town. Baroque church with two towers impressively consorts with interesting buildings around. Thanks Jan Steyner from Leszno in 1730 church got its today appearance. At that time fascade was underbuilt.
Psaltery located on Tumski Isle near St. Mary church was a quarter of 12 psalterists colegium singing psalters in cathedral. Today appearance of building was funded in 1513 by bishop Jan Lubranski.
Polwiejska Street is a popular shopping area in Poznan. It is a street about 1km long with lots of small retail outlets. At one end of the street there is a sculpture of a bicycle man on his way to work which is a good place to start. At the other end there is the Stary Browar where you can continue your shopping.
St Stanislaw Church is located just off the Rynek and is one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Poland with its richly decorated interior. Work started in 1649 and continued on and off for over 50 years and it was finally consecrated in 1705. It was originally built for the Jesuits but the order was closed in 1773 and it became the city parish church in 1798. It has a 3 nave interior 55metres long by 34 metres wide and with a height of 27 metres in the central nave. It has a 2579 pipe organ made in 1876 by Friedrich Ladegast. Free organ concerts are held in the church during the week during the summer and on Saturdays. The area of the organ is also supposed to be haunted by the ghost of a woman clad in black.