Situated by the Odra River, Wrocław is one of the oldest cities in Poland – chronicles mention it as early as in 1000. In the beginning it was a Polish town, the seat of the dukes of the Piast dynasty, then belonged to Czech, Prussia and Germany. Finally, after World War II, Wrocław returned to Poland.
Multiculturalism has left a strong mark on this great city, as is evidenced by churches founded by Piast rulers on the Cathedral Island (Ostrów Tumski), a post-German building of the current National Museum and the Old Jewish Cemetery from 19th century – presently Cemetery Art Museum. It is worth more attention – lush graves and tombs create unique complex of tomb sculpture and landscape architecture. On the surface of 4.6 ha there are about 12 000 tombstones, a resting place for world-renowned scientists such as a historian Heinrich Graetz, a botanist Ferdinand Cohn, an ophthalmologist Hermann Cohn, a biologist Leopold Auerbach and socialist activist Ferdinand Lassalle. (More about Wroclaw in Wroclaw – Lower Silesia). The following pictures are the work of Paweł Kijak, a professional surveyor and a passionate photographer, who mostly loves photographing mountains, but from time to time goes down to the earth.
WROCLAW BY NIGHT
National Museum – from the Odra River side
Tumski Bridge with Cathedral Island in the background
OLD JEWISH CEMETERY