Sometimes referred to as the Polish Pompeii, Biskupin is probably the most interactive archaeological site in Europe today. Indeed, this ancient village offers more entertainment than any of the world-famous Roman and Greek excavation sites to which Biskupin is compared. Only here can you stroll through the ancient streets, enter the log houses and touch every object inside. What's more, during the archaeological fairs organized here ever year, you can watch staged episodes from the region's history and learn all about the cooking, sewing and hunting techniques of Biskupin's first settlers. A visit to Biskupin is nothing short of an affordable trip back in time.
As Poland's best known archaeological site, Biskupin is a life size model of a Late Bronze village rooted in the Lusatian culture. The original village served as a stronghold against the neighbouring Germanic tribes, and was abandoned around the 450 BC. In the 20th century Biskupin was rediscovered and reconstructed to become an open air archaeological museum, presenting the life of Biskupin's first settlers.
The village of Biskupin is situated in the Kuyavian-Pomorian voivodeship, just 30 km north of Gniezno. The village also belongs to the historic district of Paluki, and borders with the Notecki nature preserve. The surrounding areas consist mainly of flat green fields, marshes and swamps, which contribute to the tranquillity of the pastoral scenery. Originally the village was set on a grassy island located on the Biskupinskie Lake. The island no longer exists as such, as it was absorbed by the peninsula which today houses the reconstructed village. Nearby there are also large forests, from where the first settlers of Biskupin carved out the oak trees to build their houses and fortifications. Biskupin can be reached from Gasawa by bus or from Znin by the historic Narrow Gauge Railway. Otherwise, the village is about a 30 minute walk from Gasawa.
Some 2800 years ago the original village of Biskupin was located on a small island in the Biskupińskie Lake. The location and the fortified structure of Biskupin suggest that the stronghold was constructed to protect its inhabitants from aggressive Germanic neighbours, to whom the village at some later point succumbed. The major part of Biskupin was created during just one winter, when the settlers cut down nearly 1200 oaks from the nearby forest, and transported them to the island to begin the ... ( více >>)
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