Published: March 10th 2008February 10th 2008
Behind Copernicus is the Ratusz Staromiejski - the Old Town Hall
One of the most outstanding achievements of medieval Gothic architecture in Europe dating from 13th century, rebuilt in renaissance style in early 17th. It is the former administrative centre and nowadays it houses the District Museum in Torun.
Torun is a city in northern Poland, on the Vistula River. The medieval old town of Toruń is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus. It was inscribed onto the World Heritage List of UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997. Torun is one of the few Polish cities which were not destroyed in World War II. The buildings you see here are as old as they look. Everybody knows the story of the rat catcher of Hameln, where the man lured the rats from the city with his flute-music. In Torun there was a frog plague, and a fiddler. The story was never as famous as the one of Hameln, because here the man was properly paid and he left the children alone. Another, more famous inhabitant of Torun, is Copernicus. He found that the sun doesn't circle the earth, but the earth circles the sun.
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