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Relax in Wrocław – walk on Ostrów Tumski

Ostrów Tumski is the oldest, historic part of Wrocław. It is very often visited by the city’s inhabitants. In this part there are many monuments that you can admire while going for a walk during your stay. 

Short history

The uprising of Ostrów Tumski dates back to the 10th century. It was inhabited by the Piasts.  From the beginning there were many sacral buildings in this area. In the XI century a cathedral was built. Unfortunately, it was destroyed during the Czech invasion in 1037. The one we admire today was built at the end of the 11th century and it was enlarged in the 16th century. It is one of the oldest sacral buildings in Wroclaw. It is a showcase of Ostrów Tumski.

During the Second World War it was destroyed in 70% and its reconstruction lasted until the 1990s.

 

What is special?

 Tumski Bridge

This bridge is also called the bridge of lovers. It measures 52 metres high and 6 metres wide. It is located between Ostrów Tumski and Sand Island. It is the first place that leads to the oldest part of Wrocław. In the evening the bridge is climatically illuminated by many gas lanterns, which are lit daily by a lighthouse keeper. The atmosphere is favorable for romantic walks. You can feel the magical atmosphere of this place. 

 

St. Martin’s Church

St. Martin’s Church is located in the area of the former prince’s castle.  Legend has it that Czeslaw Odrowąż prayed in this church to save the town during the Tartar invasion in 1241.

Initially, it was to be a church where masses were to be held in the upper part and the lower part of the building was to be a tomb. Unfortunately, it was an idea that could not be realized, because the second church was built next to it and the work was interrupted.

The church was destroyed many times. After the Second World War the reconstruction of this place took years. 

It is worth knowing that by the St. Martin’s Church there is a monument to Pope John XXIII. The monument shows the Pope standing on a pedestal in liturgical robes with his right hand extended in a gesture of blessing. On the pedestal there is an inscription Pacem in terris which means peace on earth. It is the only monument in Poland to this Pope. 

 

 

Archdiocesan Museum

The Archdiocese Museum is the oldest museum in Wrocław. The museum contains numerous souvenirs of sacred art, half a thousand books about six thousand monuments, mainly from Roman and Gothic art.  Apart from the exhibition, the museum organizes concerts of Wroclaw instrumental and vocal ensembles from the series “Music among monuments”, lectures and radio and television programmes on the history of the church, sacred art and church holidays. Every year the city guides’ meetings are held here. 

In the museum you can admire, among other things: the painting entitled “The Song of the Museum”. In the museum you can admire, among others: the painting “Madonna under the firs” by Lucas Cranach, the painting “The Virgin Mary under the firs” by Lucas Cranach. “The museum also has stone sculptures such as St. John the Baptist from 1160 and wooden sculptures such as Christ the Resurrected from 1380. 

How to get to Ostrów Tumski?

Ostrów Tumski is located in the northeast of Wrocław’s market square. It is located on the other side of the Oder. Ostrów Tumski can be reached by the following trams: 2, 6, 7, 9, 10 i 23.

If you have booked accommodation in BatogoSpot Tumski, you can reach Ostow Tumski on foot. Below we present the way from the apartment to Ostrów Tumski.

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