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Gniezno. 19th century
Tomb of St. Adalbert in Gniezno Cathedral

Gniezno (pronounced [ˈgɲεznɔ] ) is a town in central-western Poland, some 50 km east of Poznań, inhabited by about 70,000 people. Situated in the Greater Poland Voivodeship. It is the administrative capital of the Gniezno County (powiat). Gniezno is a cradle of the Polish state and until 1038 was capital of Poland. In the 1000 here took place Gniezno Congress, meeting beetwen duke Boleslaus I the Brave and Otto III, the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. In Gniezno Cathedral until 14th century took place royal coronations. Patron of Gniezno is saint Adalbert of Prague.