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In the VIIth century at the crossroads of trade routes from the south to the north (from Italy through Czech to the Baltic Sea) and later from the east (from the Black Sea) to the west, a settlement called nowadays Wrocław was founded  on the Tumski island. In the middle of IX century it was one of the most important cities that belonged to Ślężanie tribe, in the end of the IXth century it was a part of great Moravian state. After its collapse in 907 it belonged to Czech.

In 990, after the war, in which Mieszko I, the prince of Polan was supported by the German soldiers, the Silesia with the capitol – Wrocław, was under the reign of Gniezno. Wrocław belonged to Polish state which by Mieszko I and in the document of Dagome iudex was called ”Gniezno state”. The XI century was very rapid growth of the settlement that was a very important capital of Silesia region. The settlement was divided into 3 parts: settlement in the place of today’s św. Marcin street and the suburb of todays Cathedral. The Cathedral Island (‘Tumski Island’) was surrounded by the Odra River from the north that channel (was buried during the destruction of the city walls at the beginning of XIX century) was next to the today’s Bema Square and Mieszko I street. The remaining of the channel is a pond in the Botanical Garden. To the east the Tumski Island ended just behind the Cathedral and the channel of the Odra was in the place of today’s column of Christ the King of the universe.

In writing documents Wrocław appeared for the first time in a very famous chronicle by Thietmar from Merserburg in which he mentioned the Congress in Gniezno in 1000.

Source: tuwroclaw.com

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Sky Tower is a residential, office, commercial and recreational complex in Wrocław that is going to be finished in November 2012. The complex will be divided into 3 buildings:

–          B1 building – a 3 storey podium with among others a shopping mall,

–          B2 building –a  50 storey tower, in which on the levels 28 to 48 there will be located 184 apartments and on other levels offices,

–          B3 building – a 19 storey cascade sail where on levels 11 to 18 there will be located 52 apartments and offices.

The building will be located on the place of demolished Poltegor (between Powstańców Śląskich, Wielka, Gwiaździsta and Szczęśliwa streets). Originally the highest tower was designed to  be about 258 meters high (with a spire – the roof  was supposed to be 221 meters high) and the Sky Tower will be the highest living building in Poland and the highest roof in Poland and one of the highest buildings in Europe. In October 2009 the owner of Sky Tower Leszek Czarnecki decided to change the height of the building to 207 meters. However, finally it was decided the building would be 212 meters high.

Sky Tower photos

Some interesting information about the building and works connected with it:

–          before the works started 200 thousand cubic meters (27 250 trucks) had to be removed,

–          150 piles that had 18 meters length and a diameter of 1,5meter were dug under the construction ,

–          70 thousands square meters of glass were used for the glazed facades ,

–          about 1000 workers will work on the construction place.

Do you want to buy an apartment in the highest building in Wroclaw? You will find the details on this page: http://www.skytower.pl/en/mieszkania

Source: Wikipedia

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Chick Corea was born in 1941. Since the 60s he is considered one of the most important musicians in jazz world.  Next to Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarret he is regarded as  the best jazz pianist of the XXth century. He was a predecessor of electronic instruments and genre fusion and  influenced music genres such as post-bop, Latin jazz, free jazz or avant-garde jazz. He performed in Miles Davis’ band recording with them very famous albums: “Filles De Kilimanjaro”, “In a Silent Way”, “Bitches Brew” and “Miles Davis at the Fillmore”. He played also with Anthonym Braxton, Dave Holland, Stan Getz and Herbie Hancock. Something unusual was his concept of creating music in duo with a vibraphonist Gary Burton.

Gary Burton is one of the most important vibraphonists of world jazz. He cooperated with Chet Atkins, Herbie Hancock, Larry Coryell, Path Metheny or Carla Bley. The mutual album of Chick Corea and Gary Burton “Crystal Silence” presented a completely different artist than the leader of jazz and rock Return To Forever and the avant-garde Circle group. Conventional jazz passages were subordinated to a specific convention which gave the features of calm melancholic music to the improvisations of Corea-Burton duo.  The success of their recordings was a turn in jazz style of the pianist and composer.

Time: 28.03.2011   7 p.m.

Place: Regional centre of business tourism

Tickets price: 250 zł – first places, 200 zł – second places, 150 zł – third places, 80 zl –standing tickets(students)

Source: Ethno Jazz Festival

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