Frombork, cathedral

Visit Frombork

Frombork is a real jewel tucked away by the Vistula Lagoon in the beautiful region of Warmia in northern Poland. The unique gothic architecture of Frombork is only matched by the beauty of its port-side landscape. And when the sky grows dim over its calm sea port, you can gaze at the stars knowing that the same sky was observed by the very man who “stopped the sun and moved the earth”.

Frombork was the home of the famous astronomer – Nicolaus Copernicus – for many years, and it is here that he wrote his seminal work, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres. The town is teeming with Copernicus-related attractions, most of them located on the Cathedral Hill. You can learn about his life and work at the Nicolaus Copernicus Museum, admire the beautiful views from the tower where he used to lodge, make sure that the Earth is definitely round and moving by observing the Foucault pendulum, or simply gaze at the stars at the town’s own planetarium.

You can also pay homage to the great astronomer by visiting his tomb at the majestic gothic Formbork cathedral. Built in the 14th century, the cathedral is the oldest building on the hill and home to one of the most famous baroque organs in Poland. The awe-inspiring instrument, constructed in 1683, must have been the inspiration behind the tradition of the International Festival of Organ Music, which takes place in the summer season.

The town is also a great place to stay, if you want to see the attractions of Warmia. You can take a boat ride and visit Krynica Morska on the other side of the Vistula Lagoon, go to the many viewpoints, such as the famous Formwork water tower, or see the World War II fortifications scattered in the area.

Frombork has a penchant for opposites. Although now it has only a couple thousand inhabitants, it used to be the most important town in the region. It had its share of glorious history, as the seat of the great Nicloaus Copernicus, but also its share of history’s mindless cruelty during World War II, when 80% of the town lay in ruins. Rebuilt by the sheer force of solidarity – by thousands of Polish Scouts and art conservers – Formbork came back to its original glory, and now invites all to savour its calm, picturesque charm.

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