Wroclaw, the European
The history of Wroclaw, the historic capital of Lower Silesia, fascinates with its mixture of Polish, German, Czech, Hungarian, or Catholic, Protestant and Jewish cultural influence… The city was built on the banks of the Oder, or rather on the numerous islands and islets formed by the arms of the river. The canals that criss-cross the city and the hundreds of bridges and footbridges have earned Wrocław the name of „Little Venice” or „Venice of the North”. The small suspension bridge of Grunwald is one of the symbols of Wrocław, while the picturesque Tumski Bridge, dating from the 12th century, connects the rest of the city to its oldest part – the Ostrów Tumski island, spectacular in the evening with its old gas street lamps and illuminated churches. Also not to be missed is the Old Town with its large central square (Rynek) and the Gothic Town Hall; Racławice Panorama, a 120 meters wide, 15 meters high painting depicting the eponymous battle; and the old Centennial Hall , a reinforced-concrete building, ahead of its time when completed in 1913, that can accommodate ten thousand spectators.
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