Wrocław, Poland - September 30 - October 5, 2005
Wrocław is in southwestern Poland, in Silesia. It has been a part of Poland, Bohemia, Prussia and Germany. From 1811 till 1945 it was called Breslau and was in Germany. At the end of WWII the treaty of Potsdam returned Wroclaw to Poland, The city had been intensively bombed during the war, but the rebuilding has been amazing. For some photos of the bombed out city in 1945 visit this web site.
In the 10th century a small city on an island in the river Odra was called Vratislavia. The land in this picture was that island, but is now part of the right bank of the river. The first bishopric of Silesia was established on the island around the year 1000. The area is still host to many churches including the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist seen in the photo above. One of the towers is being cleaned up. The church tower to the left is that of the Church of the Holy Cross. The white buildings are the Archbishop's Palace and other ecclesiastical buildings.
I visited the Botanical Garden of the University of Wrocław, which is near the cathedral.
I was impressed with the variety of plants and the very good labeling.
This is an area planted with grasses, many of which are species native to North America.
Asters and other late-blooming flowers.
The church of the Holy Cross seen from the garden.
The covered market is another of my favorite places.
The interior of the covered market.
The main attraction of Wrocław is the large town square. The gothic town hall is in the center of the square along with other buildings. Above you see the front of the town hall, which faces west and the southern side of the square.
This is the back of the town hall, facing east and some of the buildings along side it.
Again the eastern side of the square.
The northern side of the square.
Here are some of the buildings on the western side. This yellow building is called the house of the 7 electors. (If you are counting 8, you must be counting the king, who of course is not one of the electors.) The building to the left is a bank building that was built in 1939 in an attempt to modernize the square. There were also plans to build a sky-scraper in the center of the square in this modern style. WWII broke out and the plans were never completed, thankfully.
This is called Salt Square, because in the middle ages there was a salt market here. This is just off the corner of the main town square.
More of the buildings on Salt Square. On the right you see a bit of another side of the ugly bank building. I just love these colorfully restored buildings. I have more pictures of them, but I guess you get the idea, by now. If you want to see more, you should go to Wrocław.
Another reason to go is the delicious Polish food and abundance of very nice restaurants. Here we are having dinner with some of our Polish friends on our last night there.
Towns of Świdnica and Jawor
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