Poznan is among the oldest in Poland. It was an important Polish centre in the tenth and eleventh centuries. The cities first centre city was Ostrów Tumski. This island that lies on the river ‘Warta’. It is similar to the Île de la Cité in Paris. Some of the rulers of Poland were buried in the cathedral on it. The city served as the capital in the 13th century. It is the historical capital of the Wielkopolska region. The city’s full official name is Stołeczne Miasto Poznań. This means “The Capital City of Poznań”. The city is known as Posen in German.
Poznan is the administrative capital of the area. It is bustling with trade, industry, sport, technology and culture. It is an important educational and academic centre. It has the oldest diocese in Poland. The city hosts regular trade fairs. The city was one of the host cities for the UEFA football tournament 2012. The city hosts a number of rowing events.
The Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition is held here every five years. It is the worlds oldest violin competition. Poznan’s Art and Business Centre is called “Stary Browar”. It is known as one of the seven “New Polish Wonders”. People here have a high quality life. The patron saints are Saint Peter and Saint Paul. They are the patrons of its cathedral.
There are several places worth visiting. The double-towered cathedral is monumental. It is primarily Gothic in style. The renaissance town hall has a tall tower on top. The Historical Museum inside the town hall has an exhibition of the town’s history. The Malta Park railway has miniature trains which go around the shoreline of an artificial lake. The Zoological gardens is one of the oldest in Poland. The Citadel Park incorporates two museums: Citadel Museum and the Army Museum.