Ostrów Lednicki is one of the most important archaeological sites concerning the early history of Poland.
Located in an island in the southern portion of Lake Lednica between the cities of Gniezno and Poznań - in the heart of early Slavonic Polanie tribe - it’s a place where a gród (gord - medieval Slavonic fortified settlement) was built and existed around the 10th-11th centuries, at the times when early Poland started to take a shape. Originally the island was connected with the land by a long platform bridge (very characteristic for the architecture of the West Slavs), currently the only way to get to the island is to use a ferryboat. Existing ruins of a chapel, church and palace, thought to be the home of the first Kings of the Piast dynasty and a supposed place of the king Mieszko’s baptism, have been roofed over for preservation. Today the ruins are of archaeological significance, and the site of the Museum of the Piast Dynasty, opened in 1969.
“A Shield Raised" My sister Lagertha treads a hard path. Alone in a man’s world, having lost a child - passed over by a husband - she feels less than a woman, but must now become something more. See how she holds her shield high. Freyja speaks to her, calling out the warrior sleeping within.