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przodm.JPG     Contemporary Gniezno represents a national treasury of culture, full of fascinating relics from the period when Poland was ruled by the first Piast kings. The most valuable of these involves naturally the Gniezno Cathedral Church, erected in 1342. The Gothic building, an unquestionable pearl of the Piast Path, was built thanks to the enormous dedication of the archbishop Jarosaw Bogoria of Skotniki. The sanctuary was erected within fifty years at the site of earlier sacral buildings from the 10th and 12th centuries. In its past the Cathedral had been burned down and rebuilt several times, but nevertheless, the most important treasures have been saved, including the Confession of St. Adalbert, the silver reliquary of 17th century, which contains the remnants of the first patron of Poland. The marble funeral plate of the archbishop Zbigniew Olenicki is worth particular attention as it was sculpted by Veit Stoss himself. The interior of the Cathedral church presents many more interesting sites and relics which are worth visiting.
    One of them involves the Gniezno Door, thought to represent the most valuable relic of Roman art in Poland. The double wings present images from the life of the first patron of our country, St. Adalbert, beginning from his birth, through his martyr's death, to the deposition of his body to a grave. Formed probably as early as the 17th century, they represent one of the best preserved relics of its type in the entire Europe.
drzwim.jpg     The Tumska street, leading from the market to the Cathedral Church, is one of the oldest roads in town. It is lined with buildings in the classical style, providing an interesting example of municipal dwelling houses from the 19th century. This extremely charming and bustling site is filled on sunny days with tourists, visiting the cafeterias and souvenir shops.
The market square and the surrounding streets of beautiful residential buildings were reconstructed in the 19th century when most of the town was destroyed by a fire. The Old Town, reconstructed through the enormous effort of the inhabitants, provides today an important tourist attraction.
    Gniezno is also famous for its numerous monumental shrines. They include the picturesque Parish Church of St. Trinity, originating from the 15th century and the Franciscan Convent. The first Franciscan Church, situated near the Gniezno market square, was erected in the 12th century. Since that time it was rebuilt several times and today the oldest part of the building includes the medieval tower. Next to the church the convent of the Claristine order used to existed but it was torn down in the 19th century.
    A visitor to the first capital of Poland should not miss another interesting place: the Museum of the Origins of the Polish State. It presents Polish heritage and the history of Gniezno and the Wielkopolski region, offering a rich programme of exhibitions and presenting relics originating from ancient times, medieval ages and modern times up to the contemporary period. The Museum is also famous for its exhibitions devoted to the history of the arts. The permanent exhibitions present medieval Wielkopolska and Gniezno, arms and weapons of the past centuries, a gallery of portraits and contemporary fabrics. Returning to the Hill of Lech it is also worth to visit the Museum of Gniezno Archbishopry, situated next to the Cathedral Church. The Museum is responsible for the cathedral treasury, protecting, preserving, conserving and presenting to the public the invaluable treasures of national culture.
skarbym.jpg     But humans live not only by their past. In Gniezno you may perfectly enjoy yourself, play and rest by taking the Gniezno Narrow Rail Train. The leisurely pace of the trains allows one to fully enjoy the scenery and to note delightful details which escape the attention of car passengers speeding through the landscape. The first capital of Poland offers also a rich choice of pubs and restaurants, in which you can pleasantly pass your time feasting upon traditional Polish cuisine or taking in more modern entertainment like skittles (bowling).
    Amateurs of sport attractions are invited to the modern swimming pool and fitness salons while the beautiful paths in municipal parks and suburban forests are ideal for bike excursions. Tourists can also take advantage of horse stables, paintball facilities and even paragliding lessons. Sports fans may also participate in cinder-track racing or in a football match.
    Gniezno also offers culture, which you can get a taste of in the cinemas, the Alexander Fredro theatre and the Municipal Centre of Culture. Numerous varnishing-days, festivals and large open-air concerts will ensure that no evening will be wasted.
    In order to get accurate information on the relics and tourist attractions please contact Tourist Organisation "Piast Trail", Rynek 14, 62-200 Gniezno, phone +48 61 428 41 00,,

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