Ostrów Tumski – Cathedral Island

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Ostrów Tumski panorama

Beyond the river Odra, a different world begins. Ostrów Tumski, the Cathedral Island, is the seat of the Archbishop and several church institutions. Nowhere else the density of clerics, monks and nuns is higher.

Once upon a time Ostrów Tumski has really been an island. The branch of river behind has long been filled with soil, though, the ponds in the botanic garden are the last remains of it. Now it is connected with the quarters on the northern bank of the river, and nobody understands why it is still called an island.

Ostrów Tumski has a spectacular skyline with the steeples and spires of its churches, best seen from the opposite river bank. I read somewhere that there are seven churches on the island, the sacred number of seven, but I found only six: the cathedral, the double church of the Holy Cross and St Bartholomew, tiny St Egidius, and the two small churches of St Peter and Paul and St Martin on the western tip by the river. The Archbishop of Wrocław has his seat in the yellow neoclassical palace. A rather modest palace it is. Then there is the Seminary, a school, and the baroque orphanage. 

More about the individual churches and other sights in the attached reviews.

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Ostrów Tumski panorama
Ostrów Tumski panorama
Most Tumski, the most popular entr…
Most Tumski, the most popular ent…
Triinity column and Church of the …
Triinity column and Church of the…
View from Sand Island (Wyspa Piase…
View from Sand Island (Wyspa Pias…
Church of the Holy Cross
Church of the Holy Cross
Ostrów Tumski
Ostrów Tumski
Thats what it looked like in 1945…
That's what it looked like in 194…
Bishops palace and gardens by the…
Bishop's palace and gardens by th…
Main street of Ostrów Tumski
Main street of Ostrów Tumski
The entrance from the east, less s…
The entrance from the east, less …
School building on Ostrów Tumski
School building on Ostrów Tumski
Ostrów Tumski
Ostrów Tumski
Ostrów Tumski
Ostrów Tumski
Bishops palace
Bishop's palace
Ostrów Tumski
Ostrów Tumski
Trinity columnn
Trinity columnn
The orphanage
The orphanage
Blue hour
Blue hour
Christmas illuminations
Christmas illuminations
Christmas illuminations
Christmas illuminations
Cathedral at night
Cathedral at night
Wroclaw Sights & Attractions review
Ostrów Tumski: View from the Steeple of the Cathedral
A visit to the top of the cathedral's northern steeple provides a great view of the city, the river, and the islands. It can be done in a short amount… read entire review
Wroclaw Sights & Attractions review
Cathedral of St John Baptist - Katedra św Jana Chrzciela
The cathedral is a gothic building. Its completion took several centuries, and further changes were done in the run of the centuries. The first church… read entire review
Wroclaw Sights & Attractions review
Ostrów Tumski: The Little Church of St Egidius and the Dumpling Gate
The little Romanesque church of St Egidius is hidden behind the cathedral and easily overlooked. It is probably the smallest among the churches on Ost… read entire review
Wroclaw Sights & Attractions review
Ostrów Tumski: Museum of the Archdiocese
The Archdiocese of Wrocław has a museum of art in two historical buildings, one baroque and one gothic, on Ostrów Tumski right behind the cathedral … read entire review
Wroclaw Sights & Attractions review
Ostrów Tumski: Baroque Gardens behind the Canons' Houses
Behind the canons' houses towards the river there is a series of baroque gardens. These are public and can be entered for free during the daytime. The… read entire review
Wroclaw Sights & Attractions review
Most Tumski, and the Love Locks
Most Tumski, the „cathedral bridge“, connects Ostrów Tumski with Sand Island. This is the usual access when coming from the city centre, and the … read entire review
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