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.
1335: Name of the city is Wratslaw and is the year the city is incorporated into the Kingdom of Bohemia (Czech Republic).
1530: Name of city is Bressla and is the year the coat of arms is developed (which is still used today).
1793: Uprising against the Kingdom of Prussia.
1842: The first railway line opens in lower Silesia.
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.
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.