Thursday, April 5, 2012

Toruń City Wall

Toruń City Wall on the banks of the Vistula river (photo René Klein)

Toruń (German: Thorn) Toruń (map) is an ancient city in on the Vistula River in Poland with over 200.000 inhabitants. The medieval old town is listed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Toruń is the birthplace of the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

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5 comments:

  1. And at the following link it is possible to see the city map one century ago, when it was German
    http://www.goerke.us/genealogy/Town-Maps/Thorn-1910.jpg
    Thanks for this impressive photo and all good wishes!

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    1. Thank you! I love maps, it provides insight in how a city is constructed ie has grown over the ages.

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  2. Rob, as with your Konigsberg/Kaliningrad comparisons
    Torun is one of those places that has gone through major ethnic/cultural changes over the centuries.

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    1. I don't want to insult people so I try not to focus too much on that aspect of history. Except when it regards Königsberg, because that's such a bizarre situation; it became it a Russian enclave, nearly totally rebuild, and nobody seems to know or care about it in the West.

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    2. I agree Rob, it is particularly strange considering that Königsberg had been the historic capital of Prussia.

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