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This 12th-century cathedral is topped with a 16th-century Renaissance dome. Its interior has a number of tombstones and altarpieces, and polychromatic art nouveau frescoes. The royal chapel holds the sarcophagi of two Polish kings, Władysław Herman and his son Bolesław Krzywousty, who lived in Płock during their reigns. Both are in immaculate condition (the tombs, not the kings).

Take time to note the bronze doors at the southern end of the cathedral – copies of the original 12th-century doors commissioned by the local bishops. The originals disappeared in mysterious circumstances and reappeared in Novgorod, Russia, where they remain today.

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1. Diocesan Museum

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The main collection is in the 16th-century Benedictine abbey building that links the two castle towers. Exhibits include a large collection of manuscripts…

2. Castle

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The picturesque remnants of this 13th-century Gothic castle are courtesy of a major flood of the Vistula in 1532, when half the castle and part of the…

3. Dominican Church

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Once attached to a monastery, this medieval church received a glamorous baroque makeover in the early 18th century. It's often closed.

4. Mazovian Museum

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Two excellent collections in one large museum: on one side there's a stunning array of art nouveau furniture, decorative items, paintings and glassware…

5. River Pier

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Watch the Vistula laze by from one of Europe's longest river piers (358m). Part of the vast postindustrial rehabilitation of the riverfront, this glassy…

6. Museum of Mazovian Jews

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Prior to WWII there were 9000 Jews living in and around Płock. Most were killed by the Nazi Germans. Among their legacies is this small synagogue building…

7. City Hall

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The old market square is dominated by this attractive building at its northwest end. From atop the town hall, a trumpeter plays at noon and 6pm each day…

8. Zoo

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The city's zoo has a picturesque wooded setting above the river and is home to the country's biggest collection of reptiles. Kids love the petting area;…