Torun – Birthplace of Copernicus
Posted on July 3, 2015
As we headed southwestward from Gdansk back toward Germany, we decided to stay a couple of nights in Torun, a very nice historic city, maybe best known as the birthplace of Nicholas Copernicus, one of history’s most important astronomers. His publication at the very end of his life arguing that our solar system was heliocentric, not Earth centric, was of revolutionary significance. This countered the Catholic church’s position that the Earth was the center of the universe. Copenicus was aware that his heretical ideas would have been cause enough to have him put to death. Although he long had the data that supported his position, he had to withhold it until the end of life to make it public. Today this totally Catholic city gladly honors him with a prominent bronze statue, museum at his birthplace, and a street name. Too bad he had to miss all the fuss.
We found a nice apartment near the center of the old town with most all the comfort and conveniences of home.
At the end of our street was a decorative statue of maybe an important female of the town. We seemed to fixate on her features, not on the plaque.
Included in our apartment price was a daily breakfast. But it was in a separate place several blocks away. It was worth the daily walk, such a splendid place it was. The generous buffet matched the quality of the historic surroundings.
The hotel was built into part of the old city fortified wall.
We can’t seem to get enough of just walking around towns looking at the details. Here are a few of what we saw.
Torun has many churches, mostly Roman Catholic. We went inside a few of them.
Torun is located on the Vistula River. We enjoyed its peacefulness.
Although Torun is one of Poland’s oldest cities, it really got a boost when the Teutonic Knights built a fortress here and set about converting the heathen to Christianity in the 13th century. Some of the remains of the fortification are still lying around.
The city takes on a special allure in the evening when many streets and public buildings are lighted.
We saw a poster for a concert – Mozart and lovely soloists. Couldn’t resist. Started in an hour. Rushed to our apartment, ate dinner, changed clothes and walked back in a lightening and thunder shower. Made it. The concert was upstairs in a lovely Renaissance setting, just the right venue for chamber music.
All good things had to come to an end as we bid adieu to Torun’s famous son, Nicolas Copernicus.