Many unique and interesting attractions await visitors to Poznan, the capital of Greater Poland region in the west of Poland. Those who will travel with Poland Culinary Vacations on our NEW in 2015 “Culinary & Cultural Adventure in Greater Poland & Poznan” will discover the history and beauty of the following top five spots and more, starting with:
Old Market Square – the Heart of the City – undoubtedly, the Renaissance Town Hall has been the most prominent structure in the Old Market Square, having served in the past as an office for the municipal authorities. Most probably, the first town hall had been built in the second half of the 13th century. The fire that consumed it in 1536 prompted the construction of the current structure that garners the wide admiration for its unique beauty. It is the only one like that in Poland thanks to the work of an Italian artist Giovanni Battista di Quadro from Lugano. He gave the Poznan Town Hall the most original shape and Renaissance styling. The head-bucking goats atop the tower which emerge every day at noon to mark the middle of the day, have added an entertaining aspect to the building have charmed Poznan citizens and visitors since the time of it’s construction. Delightful cafes, restaurants and pubs can be enjoyed today when visiting Poznan’s Market Square.
Royal and Imperial Route – follows Poznan’s history. The first rulers of the Piast dynasty resided in Ostrow Tumski. Later, the castle erected on the Przemysl Hill frequently hosted royalty. Poznan was visited by emperors several times. The German emperor Otto II was first of them and visited in the year 1000. In 1806, Napoleon Bonaparte made Poznan the capital city of Europe just for a few days. Another castle, erected in 1910, was built for Wilhelm II. This Royal and Imperial Route begins in the Srodka district and ends in the so-called “castle district”.
Church of Saint John of Jerusalem – it is one of the first Romanesque churches built in Poland at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries by the order of the Saint John of Jerusalem. Inside the church are four items worthy of interest: a late Gothic triptych depicting the conversation between the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist, a 16th century sandstone baptismal font, a 15th century lattice in the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and within this chapel a miracle cross that once used to mark the road to Srodka.
Ostrow Tumski – is where visitors can admire the beauty of the Saints Peter and Paul of the Apostles cathedral with a 15th century three-nave basilica plan, an ambulatory surrounding the presbytery and a series of chapels around its perimeter. On the ground floor is the Chapel of the First Polish Rulers – Duke Mieszko I and King Boleslaw Chrobry – also known as the Golden Chapel. Surrounding the cathedral visitors can visit: a 13th century Church of the Blessed Mary, a late Gothic psalterium and several 19th century canonries and the Archbishop’s palace.
Royal Castle – in the 13th century, two Piasts, Duke Przemysl I and later his son King Przemysl II built a massive castle on the Pzemysl Hill. It was used to tower over the Market Square. To this day, only the Gothic basement remains of what used to be the oldest royal residence in Poland. What is standing today is the 18th century version of the castle rebuilt after WWII. Currently, it houses the Museum of Applied Art.
For more information about Greater Poland and Poznan please visit our website and the NEW trip “Culinary & Cultural Adventure in Greater Poland & Poznan” scheduled for June 21 – 27, 2015.
See you in Poznan this June!