Ostrow Tumski (‘Cathedral Island’) is the oldest historic district in Wroclaw. It was built in the area of commercial water’s crossings where the Odra river created smaller and larger islands called “ostrowy”. The great churches, located there as it was a bishop seat in the past, are the main tourist attraction in  Ostrow Tumski. The most important building is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which beginning date back the year 1244 and that has been extending for centuries. It is famous for its beautiful baroque chapels. The interesting details of Ostrow Tumski:

  • it gave a refuge for criminals for 306 years –on its area the city court couldn’t chase them. Everyone who broke the law could find the asylum on the island.
  • it has got one of the most beautiful night illuminations in the whole city. The buildings that are located in the area of Ostrow Tumski are lit by gas lanterns.
  • it had special law that imposed a duty on all lay persons coming to the island, including the royal family, to remove the caps before entering Tumski Bridge where there was located a landmark of the state of church.

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Source: Wikitravel

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