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Kalisz is, after Poznan, the most important administrative, economic and socio-culturalsocial and cultural center of Greater Poland. As the oldest Polish town it boasts a long and colourful history that dates back to 1800 years or more. Despite some ruinationdamage suffered during World War I, it preservedmanaged to preserve several remnants from its past, of its past – niceincluding a pleasant Old Town with Gothic and Baroque churches and fragments of city walls– that together create and old-world feel and make Kalisz a really pleasant town.worthwhile town to visit.


Kalisz has a great deal to offer in terms of architectural interest. Of note are the numerous bridges on theriver Prosna River that connect the several islands makingthat make up the town. One of the most eye-catching bridges, the Stone Bridge, was constructed in 1824-1825 and constitutes a brilliant work of engineering art.

Standing in the Market Place, which isstill forms the centre of the town, you will be impressed by the lavishly decorated,decorated and recently restored houses. Also nearby is the architectonicallyarchitecturally interesting neo-classicist Town Hall, erected in the 1920s. The spires of a couple of churches, towering over the Old Town,several churches tower over the Old Town and add to the charm of Kalisz.

The Museum of Kalisz Soil contains numerous exhibits recording the history of this area, as well as a collection of finds coming from archaeological excavations. Nevertheless, it is the works of the graphic artist Tadeusz Kulisiewiczin other department of museum that usually attract the most admiration on the part of visitors.attracts the greatest interest from visitors to the museum.


The town of Kalisz is located in the Greater Poland voivodship of central Poland, some 250 km southwest of Warsaw and approximately 105 km southeast of Poznan. It is only about 100-150 km to some of the other main cities of Poland such as Lodz and Wroclaw. Kalisz forms part of a conurbation with the neighbouring towns of Ostrow Wielkopolski and Skalmierzyce.

Covering an area of 69.8 km2 Kalisz is the second largest city in the Greater Poland region, after Poznan, with a population of around 108,000. The town, as is the whole region, is influenced by oceanic air currents, that make for mild weather.

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Kalisz owes its status as the oldest town of Poland to Ptolemy, who mention “Calisia” in his writings. This was a town located on the Amber Trail, and the Roman caravans would stop here on their way to the Baltic shore. Archaeological artifacts from the 2nd century give some proof for this assumption, though historians are not sure whether the present-day centre of the town was populated back then.

It is most likely that modern Kalisz was settled in the 9th century. In 1106 Boleslaw... ( more >>)

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Population: 105122 #40
Province: Greater Poland
Telephone: +48 62
Museums: 1
Districts: 16
Theatres: 4
Mayor: Janusz Pęcherz
Higher Education: 10