1. Epitafium Przemysła I, jego syna Przemysła II i jego żony Rychezy. Fot. Jarosław Tritt.
1. Epitafium Przemysła I, jego syna Przemysła II i jego żony Rychezy. Fot. Jarosław Tritt.
1. Epitafium Przemysła I, jego syna Przemysła II i jego żony Rychezy. Fot. Jarosław Tritt.
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The epitaph describes the Piast dynasty rulers who lived in the 13th century. Przemysł I chose to move from the confined settlement on Cathedral Island to the west bank of the Warta, where he ordered the construction of a new town. This enormous project required excellent organisation and a great deal of funding. Przemysł II, who continued the policies of his father, aspired to develop not only the town but also the entire country. He set out to unify it and restore its power after a prolonged fragmentation into small and weak districts. His efforts culminated in his coronation in 1295, more than two centuries after the ascension to the throne of Poland’s last previous king. Poznan’s coat of arms contains the figures of Sts. Peter and Paul. They are the patrons of both the town and its Cathedral. The symbol over Przemysł II is that of an eagle. The King used it as official emblem of the Polish state.

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