Poland - Toruń

Toruń is an ancient city in northern Poland, on the Vistula River. Toruń is one of the oldest cities in Poland. The medieval old town of Toruń is the birthplace of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

In 1997 the medieval part of the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2007 the Old Town in Toruń was added to the list of Seven Wonders of Poland. National Geographic Polska rated the old town market and the Gothic town hall as one of the "30 Most Beautiful Places in the World."

The most interesting monuments are:

• The Cathedral of SS. John the Evangelist and John the Baptist,
• St. Mary's church,
• St. James's church,
• The Old Town Hall, begun in 1274, extended and rebuilt between 1391 and 1399, and extended at the end of the 16th century; one of the most monumental town halls in Central Europe,
• City fortifications, begun in the 13th century, extended between the 14th and 15th centuries, mostly demolished in the 19th century, but partially preserved with a few city gates and watchtowers (among them the so-called Leaning Tower) from the Vistula side,
• A 15th-century Gothic house (now a museum) where Copernicus was reputedly born.

Daria and Hania in Torun

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