Situated in the northern part of Poland, in the Valley of Vistula River, about 50 km west of Torun, Bydgoszcz is the administrative and cultural center of the region.
The historical monuments in Bydgoszcz are concentrated along the Brda River and in the area of the Old Town. The town’s parish church with the venerated painting of Our Lady with a rose was built in the 15th century in the late Gothic style.
The small Gothic-Renaissance Church of the Poor Clares has fine 17th-century paintings. On the river bank some old half-timbered granaries from the 18th and 19th centuries can be found.