domingo, 26 de enero de 2014

A weekend in Poznań

Apart from going to Worcław, in the same month we also went to Poznań. Our adventure started on a Friday midnight when we took the train in Katowice and seven hours later we arrived to Poznań.
Important: we travel with the TLK company and each trip is like lotery. Our trip was quite long and the train really old. However, when we went to Wrocław (a 3hour trip) the train was really modern and amazing…!

Let’s focus on Poznań! I’ve to say that the city is a bit small but nice and in one day you can see it all. We started our tour visiting the old square- Stare Rynek  and the city hall-Ratuz. The square is charming and it’s surrounded by colorful houses built by the bourgeoisie with different styles: Gothic, Renaissence, and Baroque.

In one corner of the square we can find a fountain from the 18th century. There are also three more called: Mars, Neptune and Apolo and inspired on other fountains from the 16th century.  In the square you can also find Henry Sienkiewic Museum (I think it is the Green house) who was a Nobel Prize in 1905 thanks to his novel Quo Vadis?.

In the same square there is the city hall and it has a Renaissance style and it was built in 1539 by the Italian architect Juan Baptista Quadro. Inside the building you can visit two museums: Poznan History Museum and the Musical instruments Museum.

Every day at 12p.m. people meet at the city hall and watch two mechanical goats appearing from inside the clock. A legend behind the original addition of the goats to the clock mechanism states that a cook, while preparing a banquet for the voivode and other dignitaries, had burnt a roast deer, and attempted to replace it by stealing two goats from a nearby meadow. The goats escaped and ran up the town hall tower, where they attracted the attention of the townspeople when they began to butt each other (according to some versions, this drew attention to a fire which might otherwise have done significant damage). Because of the entertainment provided, the voivode pardoned both the cook and the goats, and ordered that two mechanical goats be incorporated into the new clock being made for the building.

Near the square there is the Kosciol Farny Sw. Stalislawa and the Kolegiuk Pojezuickie; one of the most important Baroque churches in Poland that was built between 1651 and 1732.

After that we moved to Ostrów Tumski which is an island in the Warta River. Here we can find the oldest buildings of the city:  The cathedral and St Mary’s Church. The cathedral was build in the 10th century and with a Baroque style but we cannot appreciate that because it was destroyed few times. The last renovation was after the WWII with a mixture of Baroque and Romantic style. What really surprised the visitors is its gold chapel. On the contrary, St Mary’s church remains the same as when it was built in the 15th century.

We finished our tour in the Imperial Castle-Zamek Cesarski, and in  Park  Cytadela which is on the site of Fort Winiary, a 19th-century fortified area north of the city centre. It contains a military museum, military cemeteries, and the remains of some of the fortifications.

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