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The Sand Island

The Sand Island The rag of sand around the Sand Island already served in the ancient times as a ford enabling crossing the Oder. This was the way where the famous amber route run, used by the tradesfolk to transport the valuable fossilized resin from the Baltic Sea to the centre of trade of amber Aquileia and farther to all important cities of the ancient world. There was a time when the amber was worth its weight in gold. Romans believed that it had healing and magical proprieties (it burns, and if one rubs it on wool it electrifies and attracts scraps). A proof that the amber traders hearses used to drive here, are the Roman coins, ceramics and articles made of bronze coming from the sunny Italy found in the neighborhood, but most of all large quantities of amber, The Sand Island which does not occur naturally on the these grounds. On the terrain of Wroclaw's housing Partynice an amber treasure from the I century A.D. weighing over 2750 kilograms was found! The name of the island comes from the church of the Holiest Virgin Maria on Sand: the Latin name of the church is Sancta Maria in Arena and comes from the roman church of saint Maria built in the place of the former arena, on which first Christians died from a horrible death during the persecutions.

While being on the Sand Island it is worth to see:

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