Poznań's Ostrów Tumski

Poznań’s Ostrów Tumski, also known as Cathedral Island, is not only a place where Poznań was founded but also a place considered the very birth of the Polish nation. It boasts many impressive buildings, among the most important of them is Peter & Paul Cathedral, more commonly called Poznań Cathedral, which is the first cathedral in Poland, dating from the 10th century.

This spectacular cathedral we see today resulted from numerous destructions and reconstructions over the centuries. It features a gothic appearance with two tall towers and its interior is a treasure trove of sacral and historical relics. Surrounding the interior are dozen different chapels, among the most famous is the Golden Chapel behind the high altar, which was designed as the mausoleum of the first Polish monarchs and houses the sarcophagi of Kings Mieszko I and Bolesław Chrobryand. Also worth noting is the Cathedral’s crypt, where you can feast your eyes on the remains of the pre-Romanesque and Romanesque versions of the original cathedral, baptistery and the tombs of the first Polish kings.

Whether you are a history buff or just want to get a much deeper understanding of Poland, the Poznań Cathedral located in Ostrów Tumski is one not to be missed.😉