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City Guide Poznań

Poland's first cathedral
St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral Basilica - one of the oldest churches on Polish soil and the oldest Polish cathedral (from 968 AD). Penned in on a small island of Ostrów Tumski, it is where the first Polish rulers were buried, and presumably where Mieszko I, the first ruler of Poland, was baptised.
Raczyński Library
With its design based on the Louvre building, this impressive library has been serving the citizens well with its remarkable book collections up to this day. Erected by Edward Raczyński, the greatest art patron of 19th C. Poznań, this building is a real must-see for everyone who wishes to understand our city.
Parish Church
A splendid piece of Baroque architecture, a must-see for every tourist in Poznań. Its breathtaking interiors, the delightful sound of Friedrich Ladegast’s organ, a magnificent facade and the nearby buildings of former Jesuit College and present-day ballet school all together coalesce into an amazing complex. Words cannot describe it; you must see it yourself!
Town Hall
Considered to be the most beautiful Renaissance building north of the Alps, erected in the 13th or 14th C. The superb facade, the attic imitating city walls, its Gothic vaults as well as the classical-style tower adorned with two head-butting goat kids that emerge at noon are admired by every visitor. The building houses the Poznań Historical Museum.
Bazar Hotel
A powerful symbol of resistance to Prussia, a centre of Polish social, political and cultural life during the times under partitions. It is the place where Paderewski’s rousing speech stirred the citizens and led them to start the successful Wielkopolska Uprising.
Działyński Palace
The most prominent tenement house in the Old Market Square, a centre of cultural and political life. In the past it belonged to the Działyński family, well-known in the region. Inside you will find the magnificent Red Room, which has been a venue of numerous significant events.
Stary Browar
A world-renowned Art and Business Centre, a new building successfully customized to resemble a 19C.  industrial site. Today it is not only a place of shopping but also a gallery of modern art where you can see kinetic sculptures. Inside there are plenty of shops, restaurants, and a cinema.
Former Lubrański Academy
Just like the Town Hall, this 16th century building has retained much of its original shape. Formerly it housed the first academy in Poznań, serving university-like function. Presently it houses interesting exhibits of the Achdiocesean Museum, including Leon Wyczółkowski's paintings.
Citadel Park
One of the greatest Prussian strongholds was located in Poznań. What is left is 18 forts surrounding the city and a vast park that used to be the core structure of the fortress. Take a stroll there and see the “Unrecognized” sculpture by Abakanowicz, visit the Poznań Army Museum and the Museum of Arms, learn about the fascinating history of the Soviet star, or walk along the remnants of the fortress and listen to the gripping stories of how the fortress was captured by the Soviets in 1945.
Corpus Christi Church
Funded by King Władysław Jagiełło, the church is attached to a legend of three communion wafers. One of few Poznań Gothic churches which has remained basically intact. The marvelous 18th C. altars by Pompeo Ferrari alone are a good reason to visit the chuch.
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