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Gniezno

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Things to do: historic sites, museums
Gniezno is a city in central-western Poland, some 50km east of Poznań, inhabited by about 70,000 people. One of the Piast dynasty's chief cities, it was mentioned by AD 10th century sources, including the Dagome Iudex, as the capital of Piast Poland. The Roman Catholic archbishop of Gniezno is the primate of Poland. These circumstances give it in relation to Polish history a similar status to Esztergom, Canterbury or Rheims.Gniezno is located in the Greater Poland Voivodeship, previously in Poznań Voivodeship. The city is the administrative capital of the Gniezno County .HistoryThere are archaeological traces of human settlement since the late Paleolithic. Early Slavonic settlements on the Lech Hill and the Maiden Hill are dated to 8th century. At the beginning of the 10th century this was the site of several places sacred to the Slavic religion. The ducal stronghold was founded just before AD 940 on the Lech Hill, and surrounded with some fortified suburbs and open settlements.Legend of Lech, Czech and RusAccording to the Polish version of legends, "Three brothers Lech, Czech and Rus were exploring the wilderness to find a place to settle. Suddenly they saw a hill with an old oak and an eagle on top. Lech said, 'This white eagle I will adopt as an emblem of my people, and around this oak I will build my stronghold, and because of the eagle nest I will call it Gniezdno.' The other brothers went further on to find a place for their people. Czech went to the South" (to found the Czech Lands) "and Rus went to the East" (to create the Rus' (region)).
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