1. Płaskorzeźba ze św. Marcinem znajduje się nad wejściem do kościoła. Fot. Jarosław Tritt.
1. Płaskorzeźba ze św. Marcinem znajduje się nad wejściem do kościoła. Fot. Jarosław Tritt.
1. Płaskorzeźba ze św. Marcinem znajduje się nad wejściem do kościoła. Fot. Jarosław Tritt.

This Gothic shrine stood in the heart of the medieval suburban settlement incorporated into Poznań at the start of the Prussian rule. St. Martin’s indulgence has been celebrated in and around the capital of the Wielkopolska region for centuries. The first written record of the distinctive “St. Martin’s croissants” dates back to the mid-19th century. In their present form, they are said to have first been seen at an indulgence in St. Martin’s Parish in the late 19th century. Responding to an appeal from the parish provost, who called for a merciful deed to mark the occasion, a local confectioner arrived with a load of freshly-baked croissants which he distributed to the poor. He was soon joined by others, giving rise to a Poznań tradition that has survived to this day.

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