Top 5 architectural tourist attractions in Wroclaw

Wroclaw City Square

Wroclaw City Square ©chilangoco/Flick

Wroclaw can be considered a lucky city as it survived the bombing of the Second World War and the old city center was gradually rebuilt to its original splendor. Alike other major historical towns of Poland, almost every monumental building of the city was rebuilt.

Today everything is amazing is Wroclaw, the island of Ostrów Tumski, the Baroque Leopold Hall of the pantheon, and a long list of architectural and artistic wonders.

We would like to present you the top 5 architectural tourist attractions in Wroclaw.

The largest city square in Europe

The main square in Wroclaw is 574 feet wide and 695 feet long, it is one of the largest squares in Europe. This tourist attraction looks like a medieval marketplace and it was built between 1214 and 1232. The square is surrounded by colorful houses to enchant tourists from all over the world. The residential building under the Griffins, who keep hidden treasures in the decorated, stucco-fronted building, is really outstanding. Some of the houses hosted the Czech king Jagiellonczyk Ladislaus II and two emperors: Rudolf II and Frederick II.

Wroclaw City Square

Wroclaw City Square ©chilangoco/Flick

The famous Town Hall

The Town Hall is one of the top 5 architectural tourist attractions in Wroclaw. It is a Gothic gem, an architectural masterpiece. The extremities of the building, the Renaissance Tower and the cellar, hide the oldest Polish clock bell and the oldest European restaurant, the Piwnica ?widnicka.

The old University

The main building of the University of Wroclaw awaits a Baroque ceremony. The university was founded by Emperor Leopold I. The breathtaking Leopold Hall decorated by sculptures, stucco, frescoes and famous Silesian Glory murals bears his name.

The old University in Wroclaw

The old University in Wroclaw ©macie3k/Flick

The island of the priests

A unique tourist attraction in the city of Wroclaw is the island of Wyspa Piaskowa, a former priest area with many churches. This was once the city center of  Wroclaw with the 13th -16th century gothic cathedral in the middle.

The Jewish quarter

Wroclaw has always had a diverse culture, and that is also true today. The Jewish quarter was designated in the 12th century between the streets of St. Anthony, W?odkowica, Krupnicza and Szajnocha.

White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw

White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw ©Emmanuel Dyan/Flick

The history was harsh with the Jewish monuments, but remained two synagogues in Wroclaw. The synagogue opened in 1829 under the White Stork (pod Bia?ym bocianiem). Its classical building operates as a synagogue today and it is the Center of the Jewish Culture and Teaching. The other one is the Small Synagogue (Mala) from the year 1945. On the place of the biggest New Synagogue (Nowa) that was built in 1872, today stands a Memorial, because it was demolished in 1938.

The Jewish cemeteries have tombstones in a natural environment, in the grass. Wroclaw has two Jewish cemeteries, an old and a new one.

The old Jewish Cemetery in Wroclaw

The old Jewish Cemetery in Wroclaw ©dlisbona/Flick

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