|UNESCO #835 - Toruń - POLAND|
Monday, May 19, 2014
Toruń - POLAND - UNESCO #835
The Medieval Town of Toruń, on the shore of the Vistula river, in Poland is another of those places I've never heard of and thanks to Postcrossing I now discover and suddenly feel the urge to go there (along with many other places in Poland - I only know Warsaw and loved it). Thank you very much Agniescka for sending me the 385th UNESCO WHS in my collection, 596 more and I'm done. This postcard took 5 days to arrive!
Toruń owes its origins to the Teutonic Order, which built a castle there in the mid-13th century as a base for the conquest and evangelization of Prussia. It soon developed a commercial role as part of the Hanseatic League. In the Old and New Town, the many imposing public and private buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries (among them the house of Copernicus) are striking evidence of Torun's importance.