Copernicus’ House in Torun

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Copernicus’ house was built in the 14th/15th century in the Gothic style of the Hanseatic towns. It has a high entrance hall with an open kitchen on the ground floor and the merchant’s office. The rooms are upstairs.

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

The building was the property of Copernicus’ family in the years 1463-1480 and it may well be here that he was born in 1473.  In an old picture it’s possible to see Napoleon Bonaparte walking in front of the present Copernicus Street nr 40. Till the end of the 19th century there was the wrong opinion that Copernicus had been born there although it seems to be the present numbers 15 and 17 the right houses. In the end of the 15th century, Copernicus’ father owned these three houses and another one in 36 and 37 Old Market Square.

Nowadays, there is a restaurant in 40 Copernicus Street…

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

…and a new building is a department store (“Dom Towarowy”):

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

The interior of the house (17 Copernicus Street) is reconstructed and the imagination is the only way to see Copernicus familiy in it.

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

The museum is full of portraits (I’m going to write another post about them!), the replicas of the instruments, scultures about the heliocentric system… and information about Copernicus’ life and works. For example, here you have a very modern design for Copernicus’ office:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

And the room dedicated to his De Revolutionibus:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Finally, hthe replicas of Copernicus’ instruments:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

A few days ago I went to Frombork where Copernicus died and today I’ve been in the house where he was born. I’ve been in Olsztyn too so… what about going to Krakow where he studied? Thus… next step: Krakow!

Location: Copernicus’ house in Torun (map)

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