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The panorama of Płock, located extremely picturesquely on the banks of River Vistula is one of the most beautiful sights in the Masovia region, and many would claim that even in the whole of Poland!
Walking from the zoo to the Dobrzyński tollhouses you go past the most important monuments of Płock – the gord of Krzywousty, one of the oldest towns in Poland. You can go along the upper track – the promenade along the edges of the Tumski Hill (Wzgórze Tumskiego) or along the lower track – the alley just on the river itself. You must, however, remember that it is a long, several kilometres long walk.
The main street of the town is Tumska Street (which is an auto-free zone), connecting the Tumski Hill with the New Town Square (Nowy Rynek). There are cathedral basilica there, Diocesan Museum and the Masovia Museum, and the Płock Scientific Society (TNP).
The symbol of Płock is its nearly nine centuries old cathedral, where ashes of two rulers of Poland are buried – Władysław Herman and his son Bolesława Krzywousty. They were buried here and not at the Wawel Castle with other kings because they were born and they lived in this town. When they ruled, in the period of 1079-1138, Płock was the capital of Poland. The kings that came afterwards moved the capital back to Krakow.
During the rebuilding of the cathedral in 1900, the cathedral chapter chose Józef Mehoffer to make a new polychrome. The artist even took the advance payment, but his vision appeared to be too artistic for the bishops and so was not approved of and eventually the paintings were made by Władysław Drapiewski. All the characters presented in the frescos are the images of the inhabitants of Płock from the beginning of the 20th century. One of the children has the face of a several year-old Mira Zimińska-Sygietyńska, who later became the director of the State Folk Group of Song and Dance ‘Mazowsze’ (Państwowy Zespół Ludowy Pieśni i Tańca ‘Mazowsze’). As a child she sang in the choir of the Płock cathedral.
At the last weekend before the Holy Week, at the cathedral the Musica Simplex Festival (Festiwal Muzyki Jednogłosowej) is held, with Gregorian chants in the interpretation of the best early music bands. The beautiful doors to the cathedral are a copy. The original doors were made eight centuries ago in Magdeburg, but – under the circumstances that remain mysterious even today – instead of to the Płock cathedral the doors were delivered to the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Novgorod.

In front of the cathedral, on the left, there is a statue of Pope John Paul II and the two nearby buildings house the Diocesan Museum where, among other exhibits, you can see the herma of St. Sigismund from the 14th century, the chalice of Konrad Mazowiecki (Konrad I of Masovia, the High Duke of Poland in the 13th century) and the collection over 100 kontusz sashes (items of dress of Polish nobility), displayed in a specially designed cabinet.

In an Art Nouveau tenement house in 8 Tumska Street (ulica Tumska 8) there is the Masovian Museum (Muzeum Mazowieckie), which has the largest in Poland and at the same time one of the richest in Europe collection of Art Nouveau. It consists of 11 thousand exhibits. A bourgeois flat was arranged in several rooms. In separate rooms you can see paintings, sculptures, ceramics, art glass, metalwork objects. There are works of Stanisław Wyspiański, Józef Mehoffer and Jacek Malczewski.
And in the Zielińskis’ library of the Płock Scientific Society (TNP) there is a series of 80 prints called Los Caprichos (Caprices) by Francisco Goya. They were brought to Poland more than a hundred years ago by Józef Feliks Zieliński from a land gentry family of Zielińscy – grantors of the Society. Due to the destructing impact of light, famous prints are shown only at temporary exhibitions.

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