::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.

1000: Name of the city is Wrotizla and is the year the Bishopric of Wroclaw is established.
1241: The town is devastated when Eastern Europe is invaded by Mongrols.
1242: The town is rebuilt into the city limits known today – including what is now the Rynek and Plac Solny.

1335: Name of the city is Wratslaw and is the year the city is incorporated into the Kingdom of Bohemia (Czech Republic).

1526: Name of city is Bresslaw; The city is now under ownership of the Austrian Hapsburg Empire.

1530: Name of city is Bressla and is the year the coat of arms is developed (which is still used today).

1633: The bubonic plague overtakes the city.
1702: Leopoldina College is founded (now known as The University of Wroclaw).
1741: City name is Bresslau; Prussia takes power over the city.

1793: Uprising against the Kingdom of Prussia.

1807: The city is taken over by Napoleon’s Army.

1842: The first railway line opens in lower Silesia.

1913: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Centennial Hall, is built.

1945: City name is now Wroclaw after the Siege of Breslau (a three month long battle taking place in the city). Breslau was the last major city in Germany to surrender, only two days before the end of WWII.

1980: The Solidarity movement begins.

1997: The International Eucharistic Congress is held in Wroclaw (a gathering of religious leaders in one central location taking place once a year).

1997: Also in ’97 is the great flood of Wroclaw and Central Europe.

2012: And this is where the sidewalk ends. Wroclaw is a host city of the UEFA Euro 2012 games!
Well, there you have a it – a look at some of Wroclaw’s historic landmark dates. And, if you want to read more about the walkway written in Polish, here is an original article about its inception.
I am not a historian by any means, so if you know of anything to add/edit, please let me know. Here is a list of some of my other sources I used as reference:
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