12 January 2011

Poznan Cathedral, Ostrów Tumski, Poznan, Poland

Statue of Pope John Paul at Ostrów Tumski, Poznan.

Grave of Mieszko I of Poland (ca. 930-992).

The crypt is also the burying place for several Archbishops of Poznan. The room where their sarcophagi were placed was too dark to get a decent shot. If you click on the picture you will be able to read the names.

I visited the Polish city of Poznan during the last weekend of November 2010, and among the sights worth seeing was the Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul (Poznan Cathedral for short) at Ostrów Tumski just outside the centre of Poznan. The Cathedral Island, as Ostrów Tumski means, is where the city of Poznan originated and "where Poland began" according to Pope John Paul II.

The cathedral was originally built in the second half of 10th century, but has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The crypt has survived and contains among others the bodies of Poland's first rulers, Mieszko I and Boleslaw the Great.

Source: Poznań in your pocket November 2010-February 2011.


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