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Along the Amber Route: Wrocław

On Tumski Island, the ancient heart of Wrocław, orange street-lights flared in the thin mist that shrouded the towering Gothic spires of the cathedral. Though not technically an island since 1810, when the northern branch of the River Odra was filled in, the area still had a sequestered, ecclesiastical atmosphere, its cobbled lanes deserted except for two priests in birettas and soutanes gliding silently through a Baroque doorway. This was where the city – among the oldest in Poland – grew up on one of the many sandy islets formed as the Odra diverged and converged around its confluence with the Ślęza, the Widawa and the Oława. It was here, where the river could be forded at low water, that the Amber Route crossed the east-west Salt Route that ran from the Russian steppes to Provence. Despite development and reclamation, Wrocław still spread over a dozen islands, connected by more than 100 bridges.

From Along the Amber Route by C.J. Schüler

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C.J. Schüler

C.J. Schüler