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Bolesław Chrobry called saint Adalbert, the  bishop from Czech, to come and carry out missionary works among Prussian’s pagans. When he was on the way he heard that in a forest of Silesia there were hidden groups of pagans and missions didn’t know their existence.  He decided to convert them into Christianity.

Among forests, on a huge glade and very close to cottages, he stood in front of men and women. He started preaching about Christianity and against pagans practices. They were listening to him with disbelief. They were living in peace, they didn’t hurt anyone, forest and land gave them everything and they didn’t want to change it.

Saint Adalbert was tired after preaching and he came down from a stone that he had been standing on. Then the scream of amazement came from the mouths of pagans. Those, who were listening so indifferently, came closer to look at the foot of the bishop that were left clearly in the stone.

This stone might have been located in Opole, but then it was transported to Wroclaw. Since then it  was in the south part of the Cathedral and above it there was the 17th century’s painting that presented saint Adalbert who was standing and holding his cut head in his hands. Nowadays the stone is in the Archdiocese Museum in Wroclaw.

Source: „Legendy i podania wrocławskie i dolnośląskie” Krzysztof Kwaśniewski

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One upon a time there was a hardworking and honest man who really liked eating. The meal for him was a bowl of good, Silesian dumplings that nobody could make as good as his wife. When his wife died, he mourned not only her but also the lost of his favourite meal.

One day he came to Wroclaw. After settling the matters when he was walking next to the Cathedral he sat at the front of the gate of Saint Idzi Church  to relax for a while. The day was hot so he fell asleep. He saw heaven with angels and saints in his dreams but among them he didn’t see his wife. She was sitting in the corner and asked him to stop mourning her because his sadness disturbs her eternal happiness.

In that moment he woke up and realized that there was a basket with his favourite meal – Silesian dumplings in front of him which was so good as his wife’s . He started eating but decided to keep one dumpling as a souvenir. When he was finishing he changed his mind and wanted to eat the last one but the dumpling flew away and clung into the arc of the gate. The news of this event spread widely and rapidly, people wanted to destroy the dumpling on the arc but it fossilized and clung so hard that stayed there till today.

Source: „Legendy i podania wrocławskie i dolnośląskie” Krzysztof Kwaśniewski

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I’ve decided to present some legends about Wroclaw. That’s why I’ve created the new category “Legends” where you can find stories connected with this beautiful city. Today I will start with the history of a district of Wrocław called “Psie Pole”.

When in 1109 two big armies Polish and German stood facing each other in the field near Wroclaw, Germans were waiting for a battle with hope. They were tired of a long march in the country where local citizens were against them Polish troops attacked them in a lot of small battles, and heroically defended  castle in Głogów was impregnable. They were sure that they would win because of higher number of soldiers and better armament. Despite the fact that their opponent was Bolesław Krzywousty, the leader that was glorified by them in songs, they thought that everything would be better than march or famine.

But they were mistaken. In the vicious battle Polish troops were fighting heroically. The battle existed in the legends of crests: the ancestor of Nowiny crest lost his leg  fighting on foot because he had given his horse to Bolesław Krzywousty whose horse had been killed  in the battle. After the battle Nowina got the gold shin for heroic fight and the creast of Nowina.

During this battle there was destroyed the biggest military power in Europe in that time – The Holy Roman Empire of German Nation. After the battle there were a lot of dead bodies and a lot of homeless dogs made the feast there. Since that time this place has been named “Psie Pole”.

Source: „Legendy i podania wrocławskie i dolnośląskie” Krzysztof Kwaśniewski

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