Architecture English / Lower Silesia

Zdjecie glówne


from gothic to postmodernism

( 4 hours)


Whether we want to admire modern or historical architecture achievements, Wrocław offers palette of various styles structures at your fingertips. That′s the place where not only people, but also vestiges of times meet with each other.

“Wroclove” - city of gothic churches - proudly presents centuries old temples with soaring towers and walls that remember mysteries of the old days. Ostrów Tumski (The Cathedral Island) attracts with the oldest, most grandiose one: Cathedral. This style proved its magnificence also by printing its mark on the old town tenement houses abutting with each other on narrow, winding around city′s heart, streets – and on the Town Hall – pearl in the crown of the secular Gothic architecture in Central Europe.

Baroque reign clearly manifests its characteristic opulence and abundance in Wroclaw University′s Aula Leopoldina or in the other structures perfectly fitting into a general city look, making it more unique – so different from Classicist style with its still stunning beauty shown in Wroclaw Opera House form, National Museum, burgher houses or Main Railway Station - emerging in the city center as a noble castle.

The turn of the century marked its existence mostly in public buildings, erected according to secession style and Western standards. Twentieth century reveals its glory in some unconventional structures bearing the features of modernism, functionalism represented by first and largest reinforced concrete structure: Centennial Hall (UNESCO World Heritage Site) or other example: model housing estate WUWA.