::Wroclaw Timeline in the Sidewalk

As you’re walking from the Ossolineum to Hala Targowa you may notice a brick walkway that holds metal plaques commemorating influential dates for the city of Wroclaw.

I have walked along this path numerous times and always found the design of them to be intriguing, however, I never really knew what all of them meant. I decided it was time to learn a bit about what’s in the walkway and I thought you may be interested, too. Here is the Wroclaw Path of History, as told through images in the sidewalk.

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::Coastal Town of Gdansk, Poland

Our trip to Gdansk, Poland was a big landmark for us – our first vacation via airplane since moving to Poland!

Even though most people visit Gdansk during the summer (due to its proximity to beaches on the Baltic Sea), we still had a wonderfully relaxing weekend. When we arrived, a full moon lit up the rainy streets of the city. It’s funny how rain can add to the ambiance sometimes…

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::Wroclaw Ossolineum

When most people talk about the Wroclaw Ossolineum, they usually refer to the fact that it houses the second largest library collection in Poland (behind Krakow) and that it has writings from Copernicus and drawings from Rembrandt. I, however, am most impressed with the courtyard 😉 It’s my absolute favorite courtyard in the whole entire city and what I envision my backyard to look like one day. (Wishful thinking, I know… but a girl can dream right?)

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::Dawny Bastion Wroclaw

While walking through the streets of Wroclaw, I instantly fell in love with the crumbling structure of the Dawny Bastion Sakwowy in Wroclaw (also known as Partisan Hill). It’s not listed as a ‘top sight to see’ anywhere and, in fact, it is hard to find in guidebooks at all but it might just be my favorite building in all of Wroclaw for the potential I see here.
When I wander through the stairs and columns, I get this rich feeling that is just so hard to capture in photos. In fact, I took some photos for this post a few days ago and while going through them, I just couldn’t find images that captured what I was feeling. So, I went back to the Bastion this morning to see if I was imagining things. Thankfully, I was not (phew!) – I was brought right back to that feeling of a grand history again this morning.
After some digging, I found some photos of what this building looked like once upon a time. Even though this goes against my blogger oath to only use my own photos, I feel that I need to lead with an image I found from before WWII to help get your mind into the feeling I am trying to convey. I want you to feel the potential I see here and I think this image helps to show just that.
Anyways, here is what it looks like today. (The tower above was removed during WWII so it could not be used as a reference point.) I know it sounds strange, but I can just see a fantastic, extravagant party happening here. Let me show you how.

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