If you're in Torun, you've got to pay a visit to the birthplace of the man who banished the earth from the center of the universe. Copernicus's major work, "De revolutionibus orbium coelestium" ("On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres"), was initially viewed as blasphemy by the Catholic Church, and it wasn't until his death in 1543 that the work was published. Copernicus's theories paved the way for a series of astronomical breakthroughs in the 16th and 17th centuries, including the work of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, and Sir Isaac Newton. Copernicus was a jack-of-all-trades, and when he wasn't theorizing about the earth and the sun, he was working as a physician, a local administrator, and even as a commander defending Olsztyn castle against an onslaught of Teutonic Knights. You won't find an original copy of "De revolutionibus" here, but several rooms are filled with period artifacts and pictures.
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