Curiosities

The largest collection of coffin portraits

section: History

Międzyrzecz has Poland's largest collection of coffin portraits. These were an important part of Polish funeral customs during the baroque era and are not found anywhere else in the world.

The largest church in Poland

The Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń broke several nationwide records when it was built. It is the largest church in Poland, has the biggest cupola, the highest tower and the biggest bell.

The oldest windmil

The oldest working windmill in Poland, built in 1585 and originally from Gryżyna, can be found in an open air museum on the shores of Lake Lednica.

The first female student at Jagiellonian University

Nawojka, the first female student at Jagiellonian University (albeit disguised as a man), came from Gniezno. Shortly after her appointment as a teacher, she was exposed and eventually sent to a convent, where she ran a girls school.

The oldest sign road in Poland

section: Events

Konin has Poland's oldest road sign. This stone post is shaped like a bowling pin and dates back to the 11th century. It is the half-way mark between Kalisz and Kruszwica.

Pink salt in Kłodawa

The Kłodawa salt mine is the only one in Europe where pink salt, which Poles colloquially call "lamp salt" is extracted. The nearest pink salt deposits are in Pakistan.

Handball in Polish

section: History

In 1917, a prisoner of war camp was built in the Szczypiorno district of Kalisz for Polish Legionnaires who refused to swear an oath of allegiance to the German Kaiser.

The oldest city in Poland

Kalisz is the oldest city in Poland. Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolemy) mentions ?Calisia” in the 2nd century AD.

The largest reservoir in terms of surface area

Lake Jeziorsko is Poland's largest reservoir in terms of surface area. It was built on the Warta River, north-east of Turek, and covers 1760-4230 ha.

Lake Gosławskie

section: Nature

Lake Gosławskie has a water temperature of 5-11°C as a result of being part of the cooling system of the Konin power plant. This makes it possible for warm water species of fish (e.g. silver carp, grass carp and black carp), which would otherwise not be found here, to breed.