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Gniezno – useful information

25 lutego 2004 | 13:26 | Ⓒ Ⓟ

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*ABOUT GNIEZNO*
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. ||Location||
. ||History||
. ||Weather||
. ||Conveyance and accomodation||
. ||Currency and conversion rate||
. ||Translation, languages||
More information about Gniezno You can find on the Web: |www.gniezno.home.pl|

*Location*
|Poland|Gniezno is situated in the south-east part of Wielkopolska Plain, about 50 km east from Poznan. The town is inhabited by about 73,000 people. Gniezno is sorrunded by a lot of lakes. Three of them: Lake Winiary, Jelonek and Swietokrzyskie are situated in the very city. Gniezno represents not only historical traditions but also modern economy. It is a service and trade centre with a good cultural and education infrastructure.

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*History*
Gniezno is the place where in the year 1000 the Gniezno Congress took place, during which Boleslaus The Brave received Otto III, the Emperor of Germany. In 1025 Boleslaus The Brave became the first King of Poland. All who want to acquaint with the beginning of our State and the beginning of the Christian faith in Poland are cordialy invited to Gniezno, the First Capital of Poland and the City of St. Adalbert. It was here that legendary Lech bade his brothers Czech and Rus farewell, and stayed to establish on a hill the first city.
To all the Poles Gniezno is the town which has a special place in the history of the Polish State. Here our statehood was born and grew in power, here we find the foundations of christianity. Gniezno was the first capital – the seat of Polish rulers. In the Cathedral the body of St. Adalbertus was buried, it was laid in the tomb Emperor Otto III made a pilgrimage to in the year 1000. Possesing the relics of the Martyr made it easier for prince Boleslaus The Brave to endeavour to have a metropolis created, which was an indispensable condition to gain the crown for the ruler. The realization of those endeavours caused the cathedral of Gniezno to become the coronational aula of the Polish kings, and the metropolitan of Gniezno became the only legal person to crown the kings. Here there took place the first synod during which the metropolis of Gniezno was announced, created by Pope Sylvester II, embracing with its borders the Polish State of those times. The importance of Gniezno grew in the beginning of XV century when the archbishop of Gniezno first obtained the title of The Primate of Poland, and 100 years later the title of a born lagate, since the first interreign the archbishop of Gniezno acted as interrex and styled himself the prince of the Polish Kongdom.
The figure of St. Adalbertus, the main patron of Poland was one of very important factors integrating the Poles in the period of the country being devided into districts, and Gniezno was the place of many a pilgrimage deepening Polish identity. More clear-sighted studies over the life and activity of The Saint presented this figure in a new light, extraordinarily rich and colourful in the political, religious and cultural landscape of the Medieval Europe.

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*Weather*
(coming soon)

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*Conveyance and accomodation*
The nearest international airport, located close to Gniezno is situated in Poznan – about 50 kilometres from Gniezno. The main, international airport in Poland is located in the capital city, Warsaw.
The international airport in Poznan serves connections with among others: Brussels, Copenhagen, Hanover, Dusseldorf. The biggest airline companies, which cooperate with this airport are: LOT, SAS, Eurowings, Metroliner.
Organizers will provide sevice waiting for you at the Poznań Airport or at the railway station in Poznan. They will drive you from the airport to the hotel in Gniezno. Transportation from the hotel to the conference hall (in the Museum of the Origins of the Polish State, ul. Kostrzewskiego 5), will also be provided.
In order to arrange further details concerning your travel and accomodation the organizers will send you a detailed form.
The hotel is situated in the center of Gniezno. The rooms are equipped with: satellite television, telephone, internet access.

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*Currency and conversion rate*
The name of Polish currency is “zloty”. Exchange of money is easy. You can do this in each bank or in an exchange office.
Conversion rate:
A rough conversion rate zloty/euro/USD:|
|1 euro – 4.2 zloty |
|1 USD – 3.3 zloty

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*Translation, languages*
Consecutive translation will be provided.
Working languages during 5th Gniezno Congress are: Polish and English.
In case you prefere other language during your speech / discussion the translation will also be provided.
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