Wroclaw is one of the most popular cities in Poland, mainly due to its rich history and numerous architectural landmarks. St. Mary Magdalene’s Church is one of them. It was established in the far 13th century. From that time, it has been destroyed and renovated several times, but the church managed to maintain its beautiful Medieval atmosphere.
One of its main attractions is the ancient Romanesque portal. It’s even older than the whole church! The portal was created in the 12th century for the Polish monastery on the Elbing river. Only in the 16th century it was moved and installed here.
However, the most striking feature of this church is not its long history, and not the even more ancient portal. Crowds of tourists come here to climb the Witches’ Bridge, or Penitents’ Bridge. It is situated between the two towers of the church on the height of 45 meters.
According to the legend, shortly after the bridge between towers was built, the locals started noticing strange shadows and sounds on it after the dark. It seemed that the silhouettes of ladies were sweeping the bridge at night. Later on the people understood that were the souls of ladies who spent their life entertaining and flirting with men, but did not marry and have any children. After death, their souls were always repenting and sweeping that bridge as a punishment. Generations of mothers of young ladies in Wroclaw have told them about this bridge to frighten their daughters and make them marry somebody quickly.
Anyway, this bridge opens a beautiful view on the Old Town. From both sides of it you can observe the beautiful ancient downtown, feel the fresh air and listen to the charming noise of the city, where people’s voices, bike bells and trams create a wonderful and calming symphony.