Trzemeszno is a historical town located in the Greater Poland Voivodeship, near Gniezno, about 70 km from Poznań, in the moraine hilly range by the Klasztorne Lake and Popielewskie Lake. Trzemeszno lies on the famous Piast Trail. Nearby, it is also worth visiting Moglino and Strzelno.
The tourist route known as the Piast Trail is the oldest route of this type in Poland. And probably no one doubts that it is located in the area of Greater Poland, parts of Kuyavia and Pałuki. Its course connects the most important objects and monuments of our history related to the beginnings of the Polish state. The Piast Trail is an extremely attractive tourist route connecting three capital boroughs from the early Piast period: Poznań, Gniezno and Kruszwica. These cities hide valuable souvenirs from the times of the formation of Polish statehood, constituting monuments of our heritage. The land, on which the trail leads to a large extent, is Pałuki.
Trzemeszno was the symbolic place of St. Adalbert’s first grave, to which princes and kings as well as representatives of all states were making pilgrimages. It is also a beautiful tradition that the newly elected primates of Poland and the archbishops of Gniezno visit Trzemeszno and pray at the grave of the Saint.
The famous Kościuszko insurgent was a resident of Trzemeszno, Jan Kiliński (1760-1819), and nearby in village of Ławki, the famous industrialist Hipolit Cegielski (1813-1868), teacher, philologist, founder of the HCP company in Poznań was born in 1813.
The Route of the Piast Trail
Lubiń - Poznań - Pobiedziska - Dziekanowice - Gniezno - Trzemeszno - Mogilno - Strzelno - Pakość - Kościelec - Gniewkowo - Inowrocław - Kruszwica - Radziejów - Płowce - Brześć Kujawski - Włocławek - Kowal
Wągrowiec - Tarnowo Pałuckie - Łekno - Żnin - Wenecja - Biskupin - Gąsawa - Marcinkowo Górne - Kłecko - Gniezno - Grzybowo - Giecz - Pyzdry - Ląd nad Wartą - Konin - Kalisz
Interesting monuments here are the late Baroque Holy Virgin Mary Assumption Basilica Minor – it was built on the ruins of two temples – a Romanesque one and a Gothic one. The most valuable monuments of Romanesque goldsmith’s craft come from the monastery in Trzemeszno – the chalice of St. Adalbert with an agate bowl from the 10th century, the goblet of Doubravka of Bohemia with a paten from the 12th century (currently in the treasury of the Archdiocese of Gniezno).