Curiosities

The oldest sign road in Poland

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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.

The first Sejm sitting outside of Warsaw

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The Sejm held a special sitting in the Lecture Theatre of the Museum of the Origins of the Polish State on 29 April 2000 to mark the millennial anniversary of the Congress of Gniezno. This was the first sitting outside Warsaw in the history of the Third Republic.

Soup of coffee beans

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When Napoleon's troops stopped to rest in Gąsawa, they asked their hostess to brew them some coffee. The landlady, who had never seen coffee beans before, made them soup thinking it was a new kind of bean.

Circus wagon of Michał Drzymała

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Between 1905 and 1909, a Polish peasant named Michał Drzymała took on the Prussian authorities. When he was denied permission to build a house, he lived in a circus wagon, which he moved every day. The village was renamed Drzymałowo after independence.