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Wroclaw for the weekend – Walk around Ostrów Tumski

Wroclaw for the weekend is a great idea to break away from your daily routine. Ostrów Tumski is the oldest and historic part of Wrocław. It is very often visited by the inhabitants of this city because it is a beautifully restored place and is conducive to long walks. In this part of the city there are many monuments that you can admire while taking a walk during your stay.

The establishment of Ostrów Tumski dates back to the 10th century. It was inhabited by the Piasts. From the beginning, there were many religious buildings in this area. The cathedral was built in the 11th century. 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 enlarged in the 16th century. It is one of the oldest religious buildings in Wrocław. It is the showcase of Ostrów Tumski.

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

Tumski Bridge

This bridge is also known as the lovers’ bridge. It is 52 meters high and 6 meters wide. It is located between Ostrów Tumski and Wyspa Piaskowa. It is the first place that leads to the oldest part of Wrocław. In the evening, the bridge is climatically lit by many gas lanterns that are lit by a lighthouse keeper every day. The atmosphere is conducive to romantic walks. You can feel the magical atmosphere of this place.

St. Martin is located in the former prince’s castle. Legend has it that Czesław Odrowąż prayed in this church to save the city during the Tatar invasion in 1241.

Initially, it was supposed to be a church in which 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 implemented because a second church was built next to it and the work was stopped.

This church was destroyed many times. After the Second World War, the rebuilding of this place took years.

It is worth knowing that at the church of St. Martin, there is a monument to Pope John XXIII. The monument shows the Pope standing on a pedestal in liturgical vestments with his right hand outstretched in a gesture of blessing. There is an inscription Pacem in terris on the pedestal, which means peace on earth. It is the only monument to this Pope in Poland.

The Archdiocese Museum is the oldest museum facility in Wrocław. The museum houses numerous monuments of sacred art, half a thousand books, and about six thousand relics, mainly from Romanesque and Gothic art. In addition to the exhibition, the museum organizes concerts of Wrocław instrumental and vocal ensembles from the “Music among monuments” series, lectures and radio and TV programs on the history of the church, sacred art and church holidays. Every year, meetings of city guides are held here.

In the museum you can admire, among others: the painting Fri “Madonna under the Fir Tree” by Lucas Cranach, painting entitled “Christ in the pressing plant”, stone sculptures, e.g. St. John the Baptist from 1160 and wooden sculptures, including the Risen Christ from 1380.

Muzeum

Ostrów Tumski is located in the north-east of the Wrocław market square. It is located on the other side of the Odra River. You can get to Ostrów Tumski by the following trams: 2, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 23.

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

St. Nepomuk

St. John of Nepomuk was honored with the monument in 1732, and it was commissioned by the Cathedral Chapter. The monument is placed on the church square between the church of St. Cross and the Collegiate Church. Legend has it that the artist creating the monument immortalized the image of his newborn son among the cherubim that surround the saint.

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