The city’s church
The inhabitants of the newly-founded city were granted permission to build their own church. This emphasised their independence from the episcopal Cathedral Island. The Gothic collegiate church of St Mary Magdalene was erected in the place of today’s Kolegiacki Square. Today only the remains of the church can be seen.
For centuries the church was a place uniting the inhabitants. Sermons were preached both in German and in Polish. What is more, a school was established next to the church, which laid foundation for the city’s education system.
Poznań’s coat of arms features the city gate and the eagle of the Piast dynasty from the Wielkopolska Region as well as St Peter and St Paul, the saint patrons of the city and the cathedral. The seal matrix of the city of Poznań from the 14th century. From the collection of the National Archive in Poznań (Seal Matrices, file T IX 129)