Poznań is a place where the energy of the New Europe is merged with the civilization of the West. A metropolis with over half-a-million residents, Poznań is situated in the most economically developed region of Poland, closer to Berlin than to Warsaw. In terms of population, it's the fifth largest Polish city. Poznanians can be counted on - they are well-educated, competent and welcoming.
The people of this metropolis also stand out in terms of their spirit of enterprise, renowned for generations. During the great economic crisis at the beginning of the 20th century,Poznań managed to establish itself as one of the biggest trading areas in this part of Europe. Today, the Poznań International Trade Fair Centre successfully hosts large international events including the 2008 United Nations IPCC climate conference and a 2010 meeting of the delegations of 46 ministers of culture from Europe and Asia, under the auspices of the Asia-Europe Meeting.
Poznań carries many ages of tradition, reaching all the way back to the 10th century, and the beginnings of the Polish nation. For this reason in 2008 Poznań was declared a historical monument. One of historical sites which deserves special mention is the Poznań Citadel. This set of fortifications (18 forts) developed in the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century is Europe's third largest system of this type, with a circumference of almost 30 kilometres. Due to it being a bat habitat, Poznań Citadel historical fortifications are under special protection. Poznań's old town is without a doubt the city’s most beautiful and historically interesting area. The city hall at the Old Market Square is an ideal example of Renaissance architecture. It features the town's famous billy-goats. Fara church and the former Jesuit college represent Baroque. Poznań also features Poland's oldest cathedral contains tombs of the first rulers: Mieszko I, and Boleslaus the Brave. Other parts of town feature Secession monuments, and the monumental style of the Caesar's District. The promenade leading to the Old City features Old Brewery — an exceptional Centre of Trade, Art, and Business, which received the ISCS award of "the best shopping centre worldwide" in 2008.
The Imperial Castle in Poznań was created for a German emperor at the beginning of last century, which makes it the youngest monarchical residence on the whole continent. It is here that the talented Polish academics were working on the solving of the German Enigma.
Poznań earned its right to be called the city of greenery, since forest regions uptake almost one third of the city area — approximately 70 thousand square metres. There are two natural reserves within the city borders: Morasko Meteorite, and Żurawiniec. (source: http://www.poznan.pl/mim/main/en/, https://www.poland.travel/en/poznan)
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