The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire


Włocławek boasts three hotels: the Three Crowns, the Old Market, and the Mazowiecki. It is a district capital and industrial town with 37,000 inhabitants. None of that inspires me to disembark the train.

It was founded in the 11th century and destroyed not once, but twice, by the Teutonic Knights. There is a Gothic cathedral that dates to 1365, an episcopal palace, and a Lutheran church to round things out.

Best of all, just over 8 miles to the west there is a more romantic landscape. The former capital of Kujavia, Brześć Kujawski, is a showdow of what it once was, with just a few thousand souls, a 13th century church, and the ruins of walls and ramparts and moats.

There it is.

The ruins of walls and ramparts and moats.

I have been scouring Baedeker for just such places and dog-earing the pages that contain them.
Alternate placenames: Влоцлавск/Vlotslavsk
Distance from Ciechocinek: 31 versts
Distance from Alexandrovo: 35 versts (23 miles)

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