Here is where it all began! On the very site of Ostrow Tumski, sometime in the 9th Century, the first permanent settlers of Wroclaw, the Slavic Slezan tribe, built their stronghold. In those days Ostrow Tumski was an island, and a perfect place to built the heart of a settlement, with the protection of the river Odra running around it.
However, as far as its importance as the religious centre of Wroclaw is concerned, the date 1000AD is the key one. It was then, on the turn of the first millenium, that King Boleslaw the Brave earned the favour of Holy Roman Emperor Otto III and was able to establish a bishopric in Wroclaw. He chose to build a cathedral on this very promontory and the name Ostrow Tumski was born (literally 'Cathedral Island' in Old Polish). Ever since that day Cathedral Island has never ceased being the centre of religious life in Wroclaw - although it stopped being an island back in 1810, when a northern arm of the Odra was filled in.
So what can today's visitor find on this hallowed, erstwhile isle? Well a little bit of peace and serenity for a start! This ground isn't only sacred, it is also very scenic and tranquil compared to the bustle of the Main Market Square. Ok, in the summer there is a buzz of respectful tourists in the air, but for most of the year this space is the sole reserve of strollers and the odd member of the faithful.
Of course there's much more to do than just amble however, and top of the list of Cathedral Island's attractions is - needless to say - the cathedral itself. Named after John the Baptist, Patron Saint of Wroclaw, the current incarnation of the cathedral started life in 1241 although it's had a lot of restoration and augmentation done since then (just like every European church it has suffered a mandatory burning down or two and the odd bomb). Anyhow today you'll find the cathedral is pretty fine shape, and it's twin spires are the dominant feature of any self-respecting Wroclaw postcard. You can even take a lift up one of them for amazing views over the city!
Another celebrated attraction on Ostrow Tumski is the Church of the Holy Cross. Actually there are two churches in one building, the other being St. Bartholomew's each having a separate main hall. The church's tall and lean structure make it another of Wroclaw's best buildings.
Quite apart from the churches, there's other fine architecture to be enjoyed on the isle too. Well-maintained, classical-styled houses belonging to the Archdiocese of Wroclaw litter the main street, ul. Katedralna. Pop your head in if you can to discover some fantastic gardens at the rear of many of these edifices.
Information from Google.
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sabermonajati (7587) 2012-09-17 4:32
marvelous church with splendid towers you captured.this architecture is fascinating.
Bluejeans (64227) 2012-09-17 5:02
Ola Barbara ,
Enorme estas torres desta catedral , gostei da sensação de altura em comparação com as pessoas , bons detalhes de arquitetura , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Nicou (97637) 2012-09-17 10:46
Super captage de cette église superb eiamge quels clochers effilés dans ce beau ciel quelle iamge et coaptage quelle couleur brique sueprbe iamge.
Bravo et amitié
tedesse (22116) 2012-09-17 12:22
Piekne wieze wroclawskiej katedry na Ostrowie Tumskim.
Super POV i kompozycja, dobre kolory i ostrosc.
lousat (57610) 2012-09-17 15:06
Hi Barbara,great capture despite the difficult backlight,perfect pov to create this imposing perspective and beautiful architechture too..Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
adramad (27550) 2012-09-17 15:34
Your latest photos of Poland, are spectacular. I choose this cathedral, because I think a wonderful capture, captured so well together, with their tall towers and its beautiful facade is a church that I really liked when visiting Krakow, remember his wonderful altarpiece.
Fantastic sharpness, which together with the right amount of light, we can recreate this superb post. Well done. I love it.
Have a nice day.
bona (10142) 2012-09-17 16:18
very huge church. These days I took a photo of a church with simlar architecture but but with this kind of color. I like the long towers and the red color.
Nice inclusion of the people adding nice details.
zoomer (3580) 2012-09-17 16:32
Hi Barbara,fine details and color in this effective presentation.Those towers seem to reach into heaven.All the best,Wolf.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-17 18:16
a splendid photo of this amazing architecture, the composition is very nice, great details and the POV is attractive, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
baddori (18988) 2012-09-17 23:59
Poles have always defended Catholicism in Central Europe.
With martyrdom and suffering, but always with ardor and faith.
Excellent image rich in architectural elements personal.
The clear sky isaltare to greatness.
raszid62 (18196) 2012-09-18 2:41
Te strzeliste wie¿e katedry robi± naprawdê wielkie wra¿enie Budynek jest bardzo piêkny. Doskona³e ujêcie w bardzo dobrej jako¶ci.
macjake (39227) 2012-09-18 11:58
this is certainly a wow photo.
Of course NOW i know this scene very well :)
love your pov, how the Cathedral stands out so proudly and strong in the composition.
normally i hate having bright white light in the sky, but in all honesty, it has worked out so well here - who would have thought!
lovely photo, i like it right away!
maria-v1981 (10403) 2012-09-19 3:09
This trip gave you wonderful pictures and I am happy to share with us. Splendid architecture well captured. Excellent point of view and excellent details and colors despite the difficult light.
Enjoy the day,
aliabazari (10105) 2012-09-19 7:07
The depth is very good. Proper exposure. Exhibited a very beautiful architecture.
jmdias (45780) 2012-10-18 2:05
interesting how the styles of the towers are different showing different moments of the art. very nice pov catching the towers and even details in the square in front of them. TFS.
- Copyright: Barbara Stec (Sonata11) (28289)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-13
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Tamron 18-270 F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-17 4:19