République tchèque



This city of Torun, situated around 200 km away from Warsaw, has over 300 historical monuments. It is most famous for being the birthplace of the famous Polish astronomer Mikolaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus) and for its gingerbread. The Rynek Staromiejski (The Old Town Square), whose structure has not changed for over 700 years, is the oldest part of the city. At Christmas, the largest Polish manger with life size figures and live animals stands in its centre. The pomnik Mikolaja Kopernika (Statue of Copernicus) stands proudly in the centre of the square. A sightseeing tour of Torun should begin from the ratuszowa wieza (Old Town Hall Tower). It is quite a walk to the top, but once you get there, you will be able to see a bird's eye view of the old town. The Old Town Hall is also home to one of the oldest museums in Poland. It has a collection of medieval art, a display of the work of the local craftspeople (i.e. handmade gingerbread biscuit cutters) and paintings. The neo-renaissance Dwor Artusa (Artus Court) building, which currently houses the Centrum Kultury (Cultural Centre) is also worth visiting. You should also make a stop in the Kosciol Najswietszej Marii Panny (St. Mary's Church) and the Katedra Swietych Janow (The Cathedral of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist). One of the largest monuments in the city is the Krzywa Wieza (Crooked Tower), which was built between the 13th and the 14th centuries and was part of the former city defensive walls. Dom Kopernika (The Museum of Copernicus) - is not only the home where Copernicus was born, but also an example of gothic architecture. You can also see the Ruiny zamku krzyzackiego (ruins of the Teutonic Knights' castle). The Gospoda pod Modrym Fartuchem is one of the most valuable tenement houses near the city centre. The current restaurant stands in place of the old one, where the former Polish kings once dined.

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