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Gniezno
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(Ger. Gnesen), a town situated roughly 50 km east of Poznań with approx. 50,000 inhabitants, which, as the seat of the first Piaste kings and the center of the archdiocese established in 999, was the cradle of both the Polish state and its church (Poland). The original suffragans Krakow, Wrocław (Ger. Breslau) and Kołobrzeg (Ger. Kolberg) were joined in subsequent centuries by Poznań (Ger. Posen), Włocławek (Ger. Leslau), Płock, Lebus, Vilnius, Łuck and Samogitia. The addition of the principality of Łowicz (west of Warsaw) in the 13th century broug…

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Hauptmann, Peter, “Gniezno”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08772>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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