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Visit Poznań - other monuments and interesting places 

a mural presenting two goats inviting to Poznań
Good morning in Poznań :) Photo by A. Rybczyńska

Let me start by saying that Poznań is one of the most important and biggest cities in Poland, so it's hard not to mention its advantages. I also have many photos of the city :) When I started writing and adding photos (over 70), I thought that one post wouldn't be enough. That's why I decided to split this topic. I created "Poznań with its Old Market Square and Ostrów Tumski" and second part: other monuments and interesting places of Poznań that we visited. In my opinion it will be clearer and more pleasant to read and view this post :) 

Our hotel was right next to the “Stary Browar” - “Old Brewery”. Therefore, it was the first attraction we passed by. “Stary Browar” covers 130,000 square meters, which houses a shopping center and an art gallery. The building was designed on the basis of a post-industrial monument - the former Hugger Brewery.

a building of a shopping center
Shopping, Arts and Business Center “Stary Browar” (Old Brewery) in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

When we finished our city tour in Poznań, we stopped by this shopping centre. We came across a jazz concert, which made a big impression on us. 

a small stage with singers and musicians located in a shopping mall
A concert in “Old Brewery” in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska 

When we were walking to the Old Market Square, we came across such a monument. Trams have a long history in Poznań. Their beginnings date back to 1880.

children stand next to the former tram
This historic tram was built in 1951 in Poznań. Here, after renovation. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

Many artists are associated with Poznań, including singers, writers, actors and directors. One of them was Bohdan Smoleń.

a man sits next to a sculpture of a man
My husband sat next to a sculpture of Bohdan Smolen, who was a satirist and cabaret artist. Smoleń Square in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
monument of the industrialist on a stone pedestal
Hipolit Cegielski was a Polish industrialist and editor-in-chief of "Gazeta Polska", which he founded in 1848. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
dark interior of a church with a high vault
Church dedicated to Saint Martin in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

This library was founded in 1829 by Edward Raczyński. 

two boys and a man posing in front of a neoclassical style building
The magnificent building of the Raczyński Library. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

There is a nice fountain next to the Raczyński Library and the Statue of Hygiea - Goddess of Health.

a fountain consisting of two 10-meter wings - sails, on which the water flowing allows you to cool down inside the fountain
The fountain of freedom. In summer, the water flows inside the fountain giving people a pleasant coolness. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

Behind my boys, there is a very important hotel in our history. After the Great War, Poland had to fight for its borders. We didn't have a stable political situation, there was confusion, but we had hope for the long-awaited freedom and independence. Some of the lands that were supposed to be within our borders were still in foreign hands, as was the case in Poznań. It was from the "Bazar" Hotel in the winter of 1918 that the outstanding composer and pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski delivered an impassioned patriotic speech that sparked the uprising.

two boys standing in front of an old building where the hotel is located
“Bazar” Hotel in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a man standing in front of a very decorative building with several sculptures and a green roof
The building of the National Museum in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
two boys sitting on the pedestal of a monument dedicated to Polish soldiers
Monument dedicated to the 15th Poznań Lancers Regiment in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
A woman and two boys are posing for a photo, behind them is a tower belonging to a former castle
The Royal Castle in Poznań dates back to the 13th century. Photo by A. Rybczyński

Work on building the walls began after Poznań was granted city rights in 1253 and ended at the beginning of the 14th century. Over the centuries, the walls were destroyed and rebuilt, until they were almost completely demolished in the early 19th century. Only a few fragments have survived. In 2000, research, reconstruction and renovation works were started. The work was completed in 2008.

a boy stands on a fragment of the city wall made of red bricks
The city walls in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
woman standing near bushes of wild pink roses, behind her fragments of the city walls
Me in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyński
very decorative and colourful interior of a church
We visited Roman Catholic Church of Saint Antoni Padewski in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
red and green pulpit with rich gilded ornaments
Fantastic pulpit in Roman Catholic Church of Saint Antoni Padewski in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

Poznan also has fantastic parks. Most of them look like typical parks with trees, flowers, some sculptures and fountains. But there is one special park - it's the Citadel Park. This is the largest park in Poznań - it covers an area of 100 hectares. It was built on the former Winiary Fort. In 2008, it was recognized by the president as a historical monument. Since 1998, the world's largest Passion Spectacle has been held annually at the Citadel. There are at least 5 cemeteries, museums, forts and other interesting buildings such as an amphitheatre, the Bell of Peace and Friendship between Nations and Monument to the Heroes in the form of a tall obelisk. It's really worth going there

a man and two boys are in the middle of a meadow
The Citadel Park and the Bell of Peace and Friendship between Nations. Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska 
family standing at the foot of the stairs, on the left is a cannon exhibit
One of the entrances to the Citadel Park. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
The man looks at a cross hanging on the wall commemorating fallen soldiers
Plaques dedicated to fallen soldiers. The Citadel Park in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a small war cemetery with a tall white stone cross
Commonwealth War Cemetery in Poznań. Fot. A. Rybczyńska
a statue of an eagle commemorating the soldiers of the Poznań Army
The inscription says: The fighting of the "Poznań" army is a great page of our national epic. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

A camp was set up at the Citadel for Polish soldiers who were stopped on the roads leading to Poznan or in its streets. Here their personalities and previous activities were checked.

tombstones in a military cemetery
Fort VII. The Citadel Park in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska 

The Imperial Castle in Poznań was built for the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, Wilhelm II. Construction began in 1905 and lasted 5 years, until 1910. The castle was built in the Neo-Romanesque style. The emperor considered this style to be the most Germanic and representative of the splendor of the Holy Empire. The new headquarters was to confirm once and for all that the Greater Poland region belonged to the Reich. Currently, it houses the Cultural Center.

the empress's castle made of beige bricks
“Zamek” Culture Center in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

In front of the main entrance to the Imperial Castle in Poznań there is the Monument to the Cryptologists. The work commemorates three Polish cryptologists who contributed, among others, to unravel the cipher of the German Enigma cipher machine - Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki and Henryk Zygalski. They were associated with the University of Poznań (the Castle building housed university premises before World War II). The letters of the cryptologists' names are incorporated into strings of numbers, tightly filling the walls of the obelisk.

a monument in front of the castle commemorating the creators who broke the Enigma code
The Monument to the Cryptologists in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a monument depicting one of the main Polish poets
A monument dedicated to our great poet Adam Mickiewicz. Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
blue-lit fountain seen at night
In front of the “Old Brewery” in Poznań. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
Polish map outline and website address
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Agnieszka Rybczyńska


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