“PRIMA SEDES EPISCOPORUM POLONIAE” – reads the inscription over the main entrance to the Cathedral. These words invoke the watershed events of 968. At that time, two years after Poland adopted Christianity, the country’s first cathedral, built in Poznań, became “the first seat of Polish bishops”. These developments came in the wake of continued efforts by Duke Mieszko I to establish a strong and independent state. The Cathedral became the first necropolis of Poland’s rulers. Buried within its walls are three kings and five dukes from the Piast dynasty. The Cathedral is also the burial site of many other figures whose decisions influenced the course of Poland’s history and shaped its culture. Over the centuries that followed, the Cathedral changed in appearance in line with the architectural trends of given periods. These major renovation plans expressed the ambitions and needs of kings, bishops, the cathedral chapter, and the local congregation, which wanted the shrine to look dignified. Its present form is the result of a post-1945 restoration that followed the devastation of the war.