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Seven Great Wonders Of Poland

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Poland, one of those Central European countries that is so rich with cultural heritage we would need a 100 wonder list, however as they are usually done in 7 we will bring you some of the most amazing Polish wonders right here and now! These wonders are also your possible tourist destinations if you ever visit Poland, and should be on your bucket list to visit at least once in life time. This beautiful Slavic country hides traditional Central European architecture with even more uniqe Polish Slavic culture and what we get is amazing as it gets.

If you are bored of mainstream tourist destinations then make sure to take a look at Poland and we are sure this list will make you so. Until we show you the wonders of other Slavic countries make sure to enjoy the Polish ones as well and of course, if by chance you were at any of the places make sure to leave us a comment and say which of the Polish wonders did you see because we need to promote this beautiful Slavic country just like any other. So let’s see what these Poles are so proud of today:

1# Wieliczka Salt Mine

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Flickr via Alexander Johmann

The Wieliczka Salt Mine (Polish: Kopalnia soli Wieliczka), located in the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland, lies within the Kraków metropolitan area. The mine, built in the 13th century, produced table saltcontinuously until 2007, as one of the world’s oldest salt mines still in operation. From its beginning and throughout its existence, the Royal mine was run by the Żupy krakowskie Salt Mines. Commercial mining was discontinued in 1996 due to low salt prices and mine flooding.

2# Toruń Old Town

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Wikimedia.commons via Magnus Manske

Toruń is a city in northern Poland, on the Vistula River. Its population was 205,934 as of June 2009. Toruń is one of the oldest cities in Poland. The medieval old town of Toruń is the birthplace of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. In 1997 the medieval part of the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2007 the Old Town in Toruń was added to the list of Seven Wonders of Poland.

3# Malbork Castle

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Flickr via Jeroen Fossaert

The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress and, on its completion in 1406, was the world’s largest brick castle. UNESCO designated the “Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork” and the Malbork Castle Museum a World Heritage Site in December 1997. It is one of two World Heritage Sites in the region with origins in the Teutonic Order. The other is the “Medieval Town of Toruń”, founded in 1231 as the site of the castle Thorn (Toruń).

4# Wawel Castle and Cathedral

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Flick via Corinne Cavallo

The Gothic Wawel Castle in Kraków in Poland was built at the behest of Casimir III the Great, who reigned from 1333 to 1370, and consists of a number of structures situated around the central courtyard. In the 14th century it was rebuilt by Jogaila and Jadwiga of Poland. Their reign saw the addition of the tower called the Hen’s Foot (Kurza Stopka) and the Danish Tower. The Jadwiga and Jogaila Chamber, in which the sword Szczerbiec, was used in coronation ceremonies, is exhibited today and is another remnant of this period.

5# Elbląg Canal

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Elbląg Canal, Polish: Kanał Elbląski, German: Oberländischer Kanal) is a canal in Poland, in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, 80.5 km in length, which runs southward from Lake Drużno (connected by the river Elbląg to the Vistula Lagoon), to the river Drwęca and lake Jeziorak. It can accommodate small vessels up to 50 tons displacement. The difference in water levels approaches 100 m, and is overcome using locks and a remarkable system of tracks between lakes.

6# Zamość Old Town

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As described by UNESCO: Zamość is a unique example of a Renaissance town in Central Europe, consistently designed and built in accordance with the Italian theories of the “ideal town,” on the basis of a plan which was the result of perfect cooperation between the open-minded founder, Jan Zamoyski, and the outstanding architect, Bernardo Morando. Zamość is an outstanding example of an innovative approach to town planning, combining the functions of an urban ensemble, a residence, and a fortress in accordance with a consistently implemented Renaissance concept.

7# Kraków Market Square and Old Town

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Wikimedia.commons via Diether

The main square of the Old Town of Kraków, Lesser Poland, is the principal urban space located at the center of the city. It dates back to the 13th century, and at roughly 40,000 m2 (430,000 ft2) is one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe. The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) lists the square as the best public space in Europe due to its lively street life. The main square is a rectangular space surrounded by historic townhouses (kamienice), palaces and churches.

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