Toruñ is one of the most beautiful cities of Poland. Picturesquely located on the both banks of the Vistula River, at a site of intersection of ancient trade routes, it has been propagating its traditional economy and openness to the world for nearly 800 years. The gothic buildings of Toruñ's Old Town, which won the designation of World Heritage Site from UNESCO in 1997, present proof of Toruñ's centuries-old economic, cultural and intellectual ties with the leading cities of Europe associated in the Hanseatic League. Among the most magnificent buildings of Toruñ we can admire the Old Town Hall, which is one of the most impressive, original and best preserved town halls in the north of Europe, presently housing the Regional Museum; the Artus' Court - for several centuries beautified with the spirit of times, once a venue of meetings of the townspeople of Toruñ and a witness to such important historic events like signing of the 2nd Treaty of Toruñ in 1466, concluding the 13-year war - nowadays the Culture Center. Tourists are also enchanted with the tenement houses of the Old Town, which are perfect examples of ones of the best preserved complexes of the gothic residential architecture in the north of Europe. Must see buildings include the Under the Star tenement house, splendor of which was enhanced by its superb owners, just to mention the Italian humanist Filippo de Buonacorsi known as Callimachus who resided there in the 15th century. Today it houses the Art Museum of the Far East; the Esken House converted at the turn of the 18th century into a granary, is a branch of the Regional Museum today; the Copernicus' House – a 15th-century stately tenement house, the most probable place of birth of the great astronomer, which presently houses his memorial museum.

On the New Town's Market Square our attention is drawn by the "Under a Deep-Blue Apron" Inn of baroque decor and the Masonry Inn, which today houses the unique Children's Artistic Activity Gallery. Numerous churches, the towering silhouettes of which blend with the picturesque panorama of the city, highlight the beauty of Toruñ. Here, we have to mention St. Johns' Basilica with a late-gothic triptych in the high altar and the hanging above it 14th-century crucifix, it also features 14th-century paintings of the Judgment Day and the Crucifixion in the presbytery as well as the "Copernicus Chapel" with an epitaph of Nicolaus Copernicus in the southern aisle; New Town's Parish Church of St. Jacob, regarded as one of the most magnificent medieval churches in the north of Poland; post-Franciscan Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary dating from the 14th century - Pomerania's highest church of the hall reaching the height of 27 meters; post-Lutheran Church of the Holy Ghost with rococo furnishing. The residents of Toruñ, who for centuries were building its prosperity based on ties with the leading cities of Europe, have cherished this tradition to this day. It is proved by association of the city in the New Hanseatic League, cooperation with sister cities such as Gottingen of Germany, Leiden of Netherlands, Hameenlinna of Finland, Kaliningrad of Russia, Cadca of Slovakia, and Philadelphia in the US. In order to recognize this versatile activity, in 2001 Toruñ was presented with the Flag of the Council of Europe. 

Toruñ, a hometown of Nicolaus Copernicus, is today one of the most renowned academic centers of Poland. The University, named after the great astronomer, is a successor of traditions of the excellent Stefan Batory University of Vilnius, professors of which established in 1945 this Toruñ school, finding here a perfect atmosphere for scientific work. Accomplishments of the so-called Toruñ school of preservation of cultural properties and the Astronomical Research Center of the University - just to mention these two examples - are known and recognized throughout the world. Toruñ is also a city of artists and culture propagators, the talents of which create the artistic atmosphere, so characteristic of the city of Copernicus its products include such regular cultural events of international rank as “Kontakt International Theatrical Festival, “Toruñ – Music and Architecture” Summer Festival, “Probaltica” Music and Art Festival of the Baltic Countries, "Song of Songs” Ecumenical Festival, and the Biennial Exhibition of Children and Youth's Graphic Arts. Every year Toruñ is visited by nearly 2 million tourists, who come to the city in order to admire its gothic, carefully preserved beauty and breathe its unique, colorful cultural climate. Toruñ, which is always hospitable and open to travelers, invites those, who know the city to pay another visit, and all those, who haven't seen the city - to cross its constantly open, welcoming gates of the Old Town.

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