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The Hometown of Nicolaus Copernicus
Thanks to the great astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, the captivating atmosphere of one of Europe’s most beautiful old towns and its delicious gingerbread, Toruń is widely known in Poland and far beyond its borders. Toruń’s historic centre – a well preserved complex of medieval buildings and the original urban layout – was included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997.
Toruń / © Polish Tourist OrganisationToruń / © Polish Tourist OrganisationToruń´s gingerbread / © A.Olej – K.Kobus/TRAVELPHOTO │Polish Tourist Organisation
Home of Copernicus in Toruń / © Andrzej Skowroński │Polish Tourist OrganisationToruń / © Polish Tourist OrganisationToruń - Nicolaus Copernicus / © Polish Tourist Organisation
Toruń Old Town / © Polish Tourist OrganisationToruń / © Polish Tourist Organisation
A wealthy Hanseatic river port, Toruń was one of the most important commercial and cultural centers in central-eastern Europe. It still has magnificent Gothic buildings that testify to the city’s greatness throughout history, including:
     One of the most imposing old town halls in northern Europe, today occupied by the regional museum
     The monumental Cathedral of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist with original interiors
     St James’ Church with Gothic murals and spectacular stellar vaults
     And St Mary’s Church with richly adorned interiors of great historical value.

There are several eye-catching burgher houses with the superbly decorated Star House and the fine brick Gothic House where the great Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born. It now houses the Copernicus Museum.

The medieval old town complex of Toruń includes ruins of the Teutonic Knights’ castle, gates and towers of the long defensive city walls once protecting Toruń from the Vistula River as well as many other buildings dating back to medieval times.

Modern Toruń is a vibrant academic center with its Nicolaus Copernicus University and the site of a great number of attractive artistic events. One of Toruń’s many tourist attractions is the high-tech planetarium.
 
 

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Medieval Town of Toruń: Location

Poland GPS latitude/longitude: 53.01313 , 18.59710

 

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