Believe it or not, these bronze figures are in memory of all the animals that had been slaughtered on this spot for food over many years - see the gutter still here to carry away "stuff".
Heading to our 10 am guided tour at the far end of the square.
Just enough time to snap a quick pose.
Aleksander Fredro (20 June 1793 – 15 July 1876) was a Polish poet, playwright and author.
The 2-hour tour begins, our umbrella carrying guide is a native and has guided for 10-years. The young woman is Latvian, the young man is Greek, and we had a couple from Malaysia, Australia, and Italy.
On the town hall, see below the eaves, the fighting figures, described by the guide as showing to visitors that the town is capable at the fighting arts, but ultimately, in his words, they have lost every battle action.
Former town leaders - their faces immortalized in these stone figures.
In the basement is the oldest restaurant in Poland - yeah, 1273 AD is pretty old.
And, above the door, is a "public service announcement" - if you come in here and over indulge, your wife will greet you at home with her shoe in hand, poised for a good thrashing.
The pillory post where people were tied up for minor offenses.
The figure at the top of the pillory post, and a demon dog.
Wrocław’s gnomes are small figurines (most 8-12 inches) that first appeared in the streets of Wrocław in 2005. Since then, their numbers have been continually growing, and today they are considered a tourist attraction. By 2022, there were reportedly over 900 dwarfs in the city.
Wroclaw was the place of the second-to-last stand of the Germans in WWII against the advancing Soviets. Much of the city was destroyed, with much restorative work being done after the war over the next decades.
The modern looking building to the left is actually older (40+ years) than the 1950's reconstructed buildings next to it.
Two smaller buildings that survived the war, knows as "Hansel and Gretel".
On the left building above is a relief placed by an artist who lived there until he died about 10 years ago. It's the author from earlier in this blog - something about him being mummified elsewhere, and someone breaking off his finger and bringing it for display in a Wroclaw church.
A local academian determined the placement of this meridian (longitude) marker - 17 deg East (it's only off by 2 min, maybe a mile), pretty good for 1797 AD. We see similar things such as this here and there over the years, Gerri loves to discover them.
University of Wroclaw, with about 24,000 students. The fencer keeps having his sword stolen, at least 15 times, and now they seem to have given up replacing it.
The tour is complete, it's raining, time to find a local brewery, and then early dinner.
Zloty Pies = Golden Dog, a Browar, or Brewery.
There are many Ukrainians in Poland, from both before and after the February invasion (economic and war refugees) - this restaurant welcomes them with menus available online in their own language.
Cod salad, and bone-in pork loin, both very tasty.