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We invite you to see together Wrocław,

the ancient capital of the south-western Polish province Silesia. The city has a very unique history and the special atmosphere that evolved during the centuries under the influence of several different cultures. These cultures meet exactly in the area where the city was located and developed. A very convenient location enabled Wrocław to become one of the largest and the most rapidly developing cities in Middle Europe in the middle ages.

Wrocław was:

  • the capital of the important Polish (ruled by Piasts) duchy and one of the first four dioceses in the new created Polish state
  • the second (after Prague) largest and important city in the kingdom of Bohemia and one of the richest and the most beautiful among the cities of Austrian Habsburgs' empire
  • one of the three capital cities of Prussian kingdom (as Berlin and Königsberg).

 

Wrocław, severely destroyed during the siege in 1945, has rosen from ashes and became one of the largest cities and the most important cultural and scientific centres in Poland. It is also the only large city in Europe where the population exchanged completely after the Second World War. However, despite of the war catastrophe, plenty of precious artefacts from the periods of prosperity are preserved and can be seen nowadays. Wrocław houses also valuable treasures of Polish culture brought here from former eastern provinces, that Poland lost for the Soviet Union after 1945 (mainly from the city of Lvov - one of the most important cultural and scientific centres of the pre-war Poland; the scientists from Lvov who moved to Wrocław created here the new Polish university).

That is why Wrocław is a really worth seeing place during your trip to Poland.

 

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