Gniezno

Poland’s first capital

Poland’s first capital, Gniezno has St Adalbert as its patron saint. Emperor Otto III arrived as a pilgrim to his grave in 1000. Dominating the present cityscape is the monumental Gothic cathedral (14th/15th cc.) that contains fragments of earlier churches in its vaults. Inside, the focal point is the elaborate silver sarcophagus of St Adalbert standing in the chancel.

The most precious possession of the church is the pair of Romanesque bronze doors, depicting scenes from the life and the death of St Adalbert.

Tourist Information Bureau, Gniezno, ul. Tumska 12 tel./fax +(48-61) 428 41 00; www.powiat-gniezno.pl

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