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Poznan (also known by its German name, Posen) is a city in central Poland with over 578,000 inhabitants (1999). Located by the Warta River, it is one of oldest Polish cities and, according to some historians, Polish capital in the mid-tenth century, during the Piast dynasty. Poznan's impressive cathedral is the earliest church in the country.

During the partition of Poland (1792 - 1919), Poznan was part of the Kingdom of Prussia. After World War II, the city became a vibrant center for trade, industry, and education. It is also an important historical center and the capital of Wielkopolska, or Greater Poland.


Poznan became first seat of bishop Jordan, who after the conversion of Mieszko I to Christianity, was the missionary bishop of Poland (968 - 982). The Diocese of Poznan was created in 999, formally in 1000 at the meeting in Gniezno[?], under jurisdiction of archibishopric of Gniezno. It used to be for a while suffragan of Magdeburg, probably between 1004-1012, probably because bishop of Poznan, Unger, was imprisoned in Magdeburg and released when he recognize jurisdiction of Magdeburg, or maybe because Unger was dissapointed with not being choosed for new archbishop of Poland (since he was missionary bishop of Poland before 1000, after Jordan's death). After Unger's death, the diocese of Poznan returned to the Gniezno diocese. Archbishops of Magdeburg tried to join bishopric of Poznan to their dioecesis, making few falsificates, and they succeeded in 1133, when Poznan was attached to the archbishop of Magdeburg. However in 1136 Pope again confirmed that Poznan was suffragan of Gniezno.

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  • If you ever come to visit Poznan, all information you may need can be found here: http://www.ipoznan.pl/index (currently only in Polish)

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