Plac Grunwaldzki in the city of Wroclaw, Lower Silesia, c.1982.
Wroclaw (population 650,000), the capital of Lower Silesia, is one of Poland's most beautiful cities. It is also the major commercial, industrial, educational and cultural centre for the whole of south-western Poland. Situated on the Odra River and numerous canals, it has 12 islands and several times as many bridges. Wroclaw boasts the largest and most impressive complex of religious architecture in the medieval Gothic style, the strongest fortifications and the finest Gothic town hall in Poland.
A fairly typical 1980s postcard showing different aspects of Wroclaw, Lower Silesia.
Wroc³aw's links with the history of Silesia, the wealth of its splendid historic buildings, and many examples of successful modern architecture make it a most see city on any visit to Poland. Over the last few years, the Old City has been thoroughly restored and now it is a delight for visitors. The historical centre of Wroc³aw, notably its charming market square, which any European city would be proud of. Brightly painted houses, cafes, clubs, pubs, and restaurants provide vistors with a wealth of things to do and places to spend their time. The most eye-catching building in the central market square is the city hall, rated among the finest examples of medieval architecture in Europe. Its cellars house the oldest bar in town, dating back to the 13th century.
One of several splendid squares in Wroclaw, Lower Silesia. This image dates from the mid 1980s.
Polish name: Wroc³aw
German name: Breslau / Breslaw
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