Poznań on Warta river

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Old Market Square © Lvova Anastasiya/cc-by-sa-3.0

Old Market Square © Lvova Anastasiya/cc-by-sa-3.0

Poznań is a city on the Warta river in west-central Poland, with a population of 551,627 in the end of 2010. It is among the oldest cities in Poland, and was one of the most important centres in the early Polish state, whose first rulers were buried at Poznań’s cathedral. It is sometimes claimed to be the first capital of the kingdom of Poland.

Poznań is now Poland’s fifth largest city. It is the historical capital of the Wielkopolska (“Greater Poland”) region, and is currently the administrative capital of the province called Greater Poland Voivodeship.

Collegium Minus © Mains/cc-by-sa-3.0 City Hall © Julian Nitzsche/cc-by-sa-3.0 Poznań skyline © Przemov300 Poznań Collage © Gnesener1900/cc-by-sa-3.0 Old Town © Monika Mężyńska/cc-by-sa-3.0 Old Market Square © Lvova Anastasiya/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Old Market Square © Lvova Anastasiya/cc-by-sa-3.0
Poznań is an important centre of trade, industry, and education, and hosts regular international trade fairs. Poznań was a candidate city for European Capital of Culture in 2016 and is bidding to host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics. Poznań was one of the host cities for the association football tournament UEFA Euro 2012.

Poznań has many historic buildings and sights, mostly concentrated around the Old Town and other parts of the city centre. Many of these lie on the Royal-Imperial Route in Poznań – a tourist walk leading through the most important parts of the city showing its history, culture and identity.

Perhaps the most important cultural event in Poznań is the annual Malta theatre festival, which takes place at many city venues usually in late June and early July. It hosts mainly modern experimental off-theatre performances, often taking place on squares and other public spaces. It also includes cinema, visual, music and dancing events. Classical music events include the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (held every 5 years), and classical music concerts by the city’s Philharmonic Orchestra held each month in the University Aula. Especially popular are concerts by the Poznań Nightingales. Every year on the 11th of November, Poznanians celebrate The Day of St. Marcin Street. A procession of horses, with St. Marcin at the head, parades along St Marcin Street, in front of The Imperial Castle. The city centre has many clubs, pubs and coffee houses, mainly in the area of the Old Town.

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