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City Guide Poznań

Franciscan Church
Another example of Baroque architecture in Poznań. It is worth visiting for its marvellous interiors, dragon-shaped steps onto the stalls, a beautiful altar and the picture of Miracle-Working Virgin Mary, aka the Lady of Poznań. In the vaults you can see a model of historic Poznań, where you will learn the whole history of the city in half an hour.
Fort VII
One of 18 Prussian forts that was converted into a prison by Nazi occupants. Nowadays it houses the Museum of Wielkopolska Martyrs, where you can learn more about this tragic period of Polish history. There is yet another reason to pay a visit – it is still one of few forts of the former Festung Posen open to the public.
Górka Palace
Several aspects make this building remarkable - a marvellous portal in the eastern wall, an illustration of historic Poznań on the western wall and the Archaeological Museum inside, which - contrary to its name - is the most forward-looking museum in Poznań. You should definitely visit the place and try out a non-traditional way of learning about the history of Western Poland from the ice age to the Middle Ages. You can also see the original Egyptian obelisk of Ramesses II and take a photo of yourself clad in a genuine knight armour.
St. John of Jerusalem Church
The first brick church in the Wielkopolska region, a gem for architecture fans. This small church is a combination of the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. This is also where the Knights of Malta resided, from whom the nearby Malta Lake derives its name.
Jesuit Church
The oldest historic building on the western bank of the Warta river. Built in the 13th C., it was later on incorporated into the newly founded city of Poznań. Particularly remarkable is the magnificent original 13th C. portal, which was a sensational discovery during restoration works in 1922.
A marvellous neighbourhood of Poznań, where we invite for an interesting stroll. You can admire its beautiful Art Nouveau houses, understand the idea of timberframe buildings, take a rest in the Old Zoo, or see in which house our local story teller located her book characters.
St. Adalbert's Hill
It is a great shame that this extraordinary place is rarely visited by tourists, the reason being its location off the main routes. The hill is topped with the splendid St. Adalbert's Church with the nearby crypt and cemetery of eminent locals (e.g. Józef Wybicki, the author of our national anthem, is buried there). The awesome monument dedicated to the Poznań Army is also noteworthy. These sites are worth visiting due to the exceptional aura that prevails in that area.
Adam Mickiewicz Square
The centre of the Castle Quarter and the site of the monument commemorating the June 1956 Uprising. The square is beautifully surrounded with buildings belonging to Adam Mickiewicz University, Musical University, the Great Theatre and the Imperial Castle.
Malta Lake
A favourite recreation area for the citizens of Poznań. This beautiful man-made lake has been a host to numerous rowing competitions. The surrounding path is excellent for jogging or cycling. Nearby there is an all-year ski centre and the New Zoo, where the recently build elephant house is a source of pride for the locals. There is a narrow-gauge train running between Malta Lake and the Zoo, which is great fun for children of any age as well as for adults.
Holy Virgin Mary's Church
Built on the foundations of Prince Mieszko I's palace. Archaeologists excavated the remnants of the palace below the church and discovered the first Christian chapel in Poland. A fine example of Gothic architecture.
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