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Tracing History
April 8, 2009 By Barbara Deręgowska   
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Gniezno, the first historical capital of Poland, attracts tourists from the world around. It was here that the "baptism of Poland" took place in 996 when the pagan king officially became a Christian. The coronations of five kings were held in the city.

It is worth starting a sightseeing tour with the Gniezno Cathedral on Lecha Hill. This "mother of Polish cathedrals" features the famous "Gniezno door" with art depicting 18 episodes from the life of St. Adalbert. The presbytery holds a silver coffin with the saint's relics.

At noon, you can hear the Gniezno bugle call. It is also worth visiting the Museum of the Early Polish State that houses items found at archeological sites in the city. The museum focuses on the heritage of the Middle Ages in Poland and the history of Gniezno and the region. There is also a multimedia presentation with special commentary.

Tourists can also enjoy a ride on the historical 38-kilometer narrow-gauge rail line from Gniezno to Anastazewo. Sitting on wooden benches and smelling the black smoke from the locomotive, you can get a feel for how our grandparents' generation used to travel.
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