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Plock and its neighbourhood 

Plock is a city picturesquely located on a steep Vistula riverbank with over 140 historical monuments. It is hard to briefly describe the rich history of Plock, its people, their culture, historic monuments or numerous larger and smaller miseries and curiosities. The burg city founded on the Vistula riverbank used to be the seat of bishops, Mazovian dukes and Polish rulers. It was also the beloved castle of Władysław I Herman and his son Boleslaus III the Wrymouth. During the reign of the two rulers Plock was the capital city of Poland. Nowadays, Plock is the symbol of industrial and cultural expansion and international peaceful cooperation.

Historical monuments and places of interest:

 Plock Cathedral – it is one of the oldest sacred buildings in Poland dating from the 12th century (1126-1144), the Romanesque temple was converted into the basilica by Italian masters in the Renaissance period. You may admire a bronze copy of the famous Romanesque Plock Gates made in Magdeburg. The original gates are in the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Novgorod. Tourists may be interested in the tombs of two Piast rulers - Wladyslaw Herman and Boleslaw III The Wrymouth,  located in the Royal Chapel.

Mazovian Dukes Castle – the castle, the gate tower (Noblemen's Tower). In the 14th century King Kazimierz the Great initiated the construction of a brick castle surrounded by defensive walls, the Noblemen's Tower, the Clock Tower and its residential area which burnt in 1511. The castle was devastated three times by the Swedish troops and since 1740 it  was gradually pulled down.

Palatium of Chrobry – the stronghold built in 10th century by King Boleslaus Chrobry (the Brave). Originally it was composed of a residential area and a stone rotunda with an apse.

Mazovian Museum – one of the oldest museums in Poland, founded in 1821. The Museum’s collection contains the  exhibits showing the history of the city and of the region including Poland's largest Art Nouveau collection.

Małachowianka - Marshal St. Małachowski's High School, the oldest existing school in Poland, in the same place from the end of the 12th century. For 400 years, its history was connected with the Collegiate Church, further 160 years under the auspices of the Jesuits and finally since the times of the Commission of National Education until today it has been a public school.

The Old Market – until 1816 there was a 15th-century Gothic Hall in the middle of the square. The existing City Town Hall was erected in 1877.

Granary – situated next to the Parish Church. It houses the files of the National Archives. The second granary is owned by the Mazovian Museum.

Municipal Zoological Garden - located on 12 ha on the Vistula riverbank. You can see there around 2100 animals representing  more than 280 species. It  has Poland's largest collection of reptiles.

Plock Parish Church St. Bartholomew's Parish Church built in the Gothic style by King Kazimierz the Great and the townsmen.

Post-Dominican Church and Monastery – in the first part of the 13th century St. Dominic's Church was erected on the advance point of the scarp near the Tumskie Hill and at the same time, the monastery was built. The fragments of the walls, preserved until today, are the oldest brick structure in this part of the Poland. The wooden bell tower dates from the second half of the 18th century.

 Monastery – Cathedral Mariavites Complex - erected in Neo-gothic style in 1911 according to design by the first Bishop J.M. Kowalski, amateur architect.

 Płock region:

 Brwilno Forests - located to the east of Plock.  In the forest you should see the classical tomb of major Poznanski  and the memorial commemorating 34 village inhabitants murdered by the Nazis, as well as  the mass grave of about 170 Poles shot by the Nazis during the Second World War.

Neoclassical Hall in Brudzen Duzy - built in 19/20th century. The nearby Brudzenski Landscape Park is also worth seeing. Although one of the smallest, it is one of the most beautiful landscape parks in Poland with a numerous species of plants, fish and animals.

Łęczyca - castle and town walls, built by the King Kazimierz the Great in years 1350-1370. Rebuilt in the Renaissance style in the second half of the 16th century. There is a museum in the castle.

Oporów  late-gothic defensive residence of knights, one of the rare medieval residences preserved in Poland, erected in the second half of 15th century. The building is surrounded by the scenic park with two pavilions from 19th century, the neo-gothic house and the Swiss house. The castle and park complex has been holding a manor house museum. The exhibits include paintings, sculptures and artistic handicrafts from the sixteenth century onwards

Sierpc - Museum of the Mazovian Countryside picturesquely located in the valley of the River Sierpienica The exhibition includes a manor house, peasant farmhouses (residential and farm buildings) an inn, a smithy, a windmill, a chapel and a church. In the ethnographic museum you can also visit interesting permanent exhibitions presented in the sculpture gallery, the  coach house and in the court (residential interiors from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century). Traditional festivals are reflected by the arrangements of the interiors. You can stroll along the orchards, flower and vegetable gardens typical of the old Polish village.

Łąck – you may visit the State-owned Stallion Farm located in Lack since 1923.

 

            



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