Church of the Assumption

Gdańsk & Pomerania

Just off the Rynek, this massive, Gothic church was commissioned by the Teutonic Knights in the late 13th century. The magnificent interior is crammed with ornate baroque and rococo furnishings, and also holds some supposed relics of St Valentine, patron saint of lovers, locked within the right-hand pillar as you face the altar (this has inevitably spawned an entire miniature tourist industry and a raft of marketing campaigns).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Gdańsk & Pomerania attractions

1. Regional Museum

0.09 MILES

The epicentre of Chełmno’s chessboard of streets is the Rynek, in the middle of which stands the compact Renaissance Town Hall, built around 1570 on the…

3. Church of SS Peter & Paul

0.26 MILES

Occupying the town’s northern corner, the impressive red-brick stepped gable of this 14th-century church fronts an interior containing doored rococo…

4. City Walls

0.32 MILES

Chełmno is encircled by 2.2km of defensive walls, which have survived almost in their entirety. Alas, it’s not possible to walk around the entire…

6. Regional Museum

16.7 MILES

Based in a former Benedictine convent and several granaries at the southern end of the old quarter, the Regional Museum is worth an hour or two's perusal…

7. Granaries

16.77 MILES

The extraordinary row of crumbling granaries was built along the length of the town’s waterfront to provide storage and protect the town from invaders…

8. Church of St Francis Xavier

16.84 MILES

A few buildings in the centre retain their historical significance, the most impressive of which is this early-18th-century church. Most of the narrow…