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Photo album by krisek: Torun - Poland's medieval little gem, unique and lovely.

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Torun - Poland's medieval little gem, unique and lovely.

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Torun is known for two facts. One is of course Nicolaus Copernicus (pol. Mikolaj Kopernik). The other is the honey ginger bread. Copernicus, who stopped the Sun and put the Earth in motion, was born in Torun on 19 February 1473 in a fine Gothic tenement house on Saint Anne Street, near the main square of the city. Now, the house is home to a museum dedicated to this courageous astronomer. And the street was re-named to bear his name. UNESCO placed the following justification for including Torun on the World Heritage List: “Torun preserves to a remarkable extent its original street pattern and outstanding early buildings, providing an exceptionally complete picture of the medieval way of life. These buildings in Torun represent the highest achievement of medieval architecture in brick. Some of them, moreover, influenced the evolution of certain types of building. The town sets a standard for the evolution of towns in the region: the combination of two towns with a castle is a rare form of medieval settlement agglomeration. The unique special layout of Torun has survived almost intact and provides valuable source material for the history of town development in medieval Europe. ” The Old and New Towns were joined in 1454, yet parts of the dividing wall still remain.

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