Apologies first, both to the town and to my readers – this entry will remain somewhat vague. Our visit to Legnica happened at race speed, as far as the city is concerned. It was part of a privately organized excursion, and the main purpose was seeing a temporary, and very interesting, exhibition on Nobility in Silesia which took place at the City Museum and the Knights’ Academy.
Then we had a quick lunch in Rynek, and off we were in direction of Jawor and Swidnica (see the respective entries). Along the way I caught these few quick snapshots of streetviews in and around Rynek.
We did not get to see neither the castle nor any of the churches nor even the more beautiful other side of Rynek with the baroque town hall and the so-called herring shops.
Knights' Academy, inner courtyard
The Knights’ Academy was built in the 1720s and served as an exclusive school for Silesian nobility. There they learned everything a nobleman needed to know, from a widespread general education in letters and sciences, languages, mathematics and architecture to fencing and dancing.
The building survived World War II unharmed. During the Cold War it served as headquarters of the Soviet troops. Legnica, nicknamed “Little Moscow”, was the most important base of the Soviet army in Poland. In recent years the baroque building has been restored and has become one of Legnica’s main sights.