Photographer's Note

Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island) is the oldest part of the city of Wrocław in Lower Silesia. It was formerly an island between branches of the Oder River.
Archaeological excavations have shown that Cathedral Island was the first to be inhabited. The first, wooden church (St. Martin), dating from the 9th century, was surrounded by defensive walls built on the banks of the river. The first building from solid material was St. Martin's chapel, built probably at the beginning of the eleventh century by Benedictine monks. Not long after the first cathedral was raised, in place of the small church.

In the photo you can see the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Bishops Palace. The Cathedral after the end of the Mongol invasion was largely rebuilt (1244) in the present-day Brick Gothic style.

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