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|IPS 2016 Post Conference Tour 4|
Day 1 07:00 AM WARSAW - TORUŃ
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The birthplace of the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. The city is renowned for its medieval architecture. The old town of Torun, picturesquely situated on the banks of the River Vistula, retains its medieval street plan with the Old Market Square – heart of Torun historic district, Town Hall, Church of the Virgin Mary and ruins of the Castle of the Teutonic Knights. There is also the Crooked Tower – one of Torun’s greatest attractions, a part of the town’s old fortifications system. The city was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
Frombork, called the Jewel of Warmia, and Copernicus Town is the place where the great Polish scientist spent 33 years of his life. It was here that he wrote his work "On the Revolutions of Celestial Spheres" almost five centuries ago! He walked these streets and watched for stars in the sky. In this city also he died and was buried in the cathedral. When Swedish researchers have confirmed that the remains found in the Cathedral at the end of 2005 year, belong to Nicolaus Copernicus, all eyes have been on the town. Ceremonial burial of the remains of the astronomer was held on 22 May 2010 in the Frombork cathedral.
The year 2010 was a special year in the history of Copernicus Town because Frombork celebrated the 700th anniversary of civic rights. It was a year of anniversaries: the 750th anniversary of Warmia Chapter and the 500th anniversary of the arrival Nicolaus Copernicus to Frombork.
There are many worth seeing architectural venues located on the Frombork Hill:
The capital city of Pomerania, combines the cosmopolitan atmosphere of a port city with the dignity of a cultural centre with centuries-long tradition. It is considered to be the most monument-packed city of the "Baltic Europe". Magnificent buildings, monumental Main Town Hall, the nearby Market Square with the symbol of GDAŃSK - Neptune fountain are pearls of the city.
Elegant SOPOT, a town nearby, the genuine seaside health resort centre, and city of GDYNIA – a young port city with long promenades, beautiful waterfronts, marinas and yacht clubs are great assets of this tour. Gdynia is the only city in Poland, and one of the few in Europe, to pride itself on such a long and accessible seashore.
GDAŃSK, SOPOT and GDYNIA together they form a “tripolis” – common urban agglomeration connected by the city transportation system network.