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Poznan:  The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

Poznan, PolandDating from 968 AD, the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul is the first Polish cathedral.  Located on what is called “Cathedral Island” in the midst of the city, it has been destroyed and re-built many times over the centuries.  It is a beautiful Cathedral with 12 different chapels.

Perhaps the most visited of these chapels is the Chapel of the Holy Cross.  Dating from around 1522, this wooden cross had originally been on the Wrocławska city gate in Poznań.  It was moved in 1652 to the Cathedral, which offered a more reverent atmosphere.

Tradition holds that when a prisoner was being led through the Wroclawska Gate, Jesus spoke from the cross and said “let him go, he is innocent”.

Although the present crucifix is made of gold-plated silver, the original wooden figure of Christ is unchanged.

You can also visit the crypt area, where many Polish rulers are buried and also where you can see some of the remains of the original Cathedral…just visit the office to request entry.


Address: Ostrow Tumski 17, Poznan 61-109, Poland

Tel/fax: +48 61 85 29 642

e-mail: parkat@archpoznan.pl

Click here for the official website of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Poznan (in Polish)

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