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Knights' Academy

Apologies first – this entry will remain somewhat vague. Our visit to Legnica happened at race speed, as far as the city is concerned. It was part of a privately organized excursion, and the main purpose was seeing a temporary, and very interesting, exhibition on Nobility in Silesia which took place at the City Museum and the Knights’ Academy. Then we had a quick lunch in Rynek, and off we were in direction of Jawor and Swidnica (see following entries). Along the way I caught these few quick snapshots of streetviews in and around Rynek. We did not get to see neither the castle nor any of the churches nor even the more beautiful other side of Rynek with the baroque town hall and the so-called herring shops.

The Knights’ Academy was built in the 1720s and served as an exclusive school for Silesian nobility. There they learned everything a nobleman needed to know, from a widespread general education in letters and sciences, languages, mathematics and architecture to fencing and dancing.

The building survived World War II unharmed. During the Cold War it served as headquarters of the Soviet troops. Legnica, nicknamed “Little Moscow”, was the most important base of the Soviet army in Poland. In recent years the baroque building has been restored and has become one of Legnica’s main sights.

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Knights Academy
Knights' Academy
Knights Academy
Knights' Academy
Knights Academy, inner courtyard
Knights' Academy, inner courtyard
Knights Academy, inner courtyard
Knights' Academy, inner courtyard
Knights Academy
Knights' Academy
On the way to the museum
On the way to the museum
A corner of the Rynek
A corner of the Rynek
Museum and the Church of St John
Museum and the Church of St John
The neoclassical theatre
The neoclassical theatre
Rynek streetview with church of St…
Rynek streetview with church of S…
Cathedral of St Peter and Paul
Cathedral of St Peter and Paul
Wieża Bramy Chojnowskiej - Tower …
Wieża Bramy Chojnowskiej - Tower…
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