The conspiracy theory says that Henry IV who was Wroclaw’s prince, and in the last years of his life also Cracow’s, was dissatisfied with his residence in the castle in Ostrów Tumski. He lived with his soldiers on the other side of the river and didn’t have advantage over the townsmen of Wroclaw. They could easily forsake their allegiance to the prince and then he would have had a problem if he had decided to attack the city. That’s why the prince decided to built the Arsenal. It’s very close to the Market Square where the council was situated. The same conspiracy theory says that two brothers, Jan and Jakub, Goćwin,  poisoned the prince. It’s difficult to say if it’s true. The fact is that the prince was poisoned and the construction of the new building wasn’t finished.

The Arsenal was planned as a quadrangle with an additional curtain in the east and in the north. The unfinished castle probably became the mayor’s office in the XIV century. The remains of the foundations of the Arsenal are located in the west part of the curtains in Cieszyńskiego Street. Wroclaw’s Arsenal (or City or Nicholas Arsenal) is one of the oldest, preserved in its original shape of construction, and now is a part of the City Museum. In the north and east fractions one can find a military museum. In the four-sided tower there is the “Kurkowe” guild of Wroclaw’s city office. Outside the wall, close to the Odra River – till XVI century there was a range of the guild.

Arsenal is a place where one can see a collection of weapon from the oldest to modern times. It is also the only big collection of military helmets in Poland. The charm of the courtyard resembles the climate of the old Wroclaw.

Source:tuwroclaw.com

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