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Torun, Poland

Sister City Agreement Signed May 27, 1976

Torun dates back to the 13th century when it was a commercial trade center that linked Western Europe to Poland.  It has many surviving medieval and gothic style structures.  Its most famous citizen, Nicholas Copernicus, established the scientific principle that the earth rotates around the sun.  Torun is a port city on the banks of the Vistual River.  Like Philadelphia, it engaged in a long and difficult struggle for freedom.  Our two cities joined in sisterhood in 1976, the bicentennial of American independence.  The relationship was marked by the dedication of a sculpture on the Torun Triangle located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia and the creation of Philadelphia Boulevard in Torun.

Toruń and Philadelphia High School Exchange Program
October 13 - 23, 2015

CDI facilitates exchanges among high schools for the Philadelphia's Sister Cities Program. This fall, high school students from Tadeusz Kosciuszko High School #4 in Toruń will visit two Philadelphia High Schools, Abraham Lincoln High School and Swenson Arts and Technology High School. The Toruń students will live with students from the Philadelphia schools and experience American life through their home stays, attending classes as well as visiting Independence National Historical Park and Washington, D.C.

This is the sixth year of the Philadelphia-Toruń exchanges, and next year Philadelphia students will travel to Toruń and live with families there.

Our thanks to the Philadelphia School District's David Kipphut for opening the world to Philadelphia's students with exchanges that took students to China, Israel and Poland.


Students from Abraham Lincoln and Swenson High Schools in a classroom at Torun #4, April 2015

In October, City Representative Melanie Johnson visited Torun to participate in the fifth high school exchange between Tadeuszko High School #4 and Sweson Arts and Technology High School and Lincoln High School.  Below are photos sent from our liaison in Torun.  During her stay, Melanie met with the Mayor of Torun, Michal Zaleski. 

Local photographer, Sabina Pierce, visited Torun in May to participate in the “Torun in the Twin Lenses” photography project.  It is the fourth year that a photographer from Philadelphia has participated.  Sabina had an exciting experience and took many beautiful photographs.  Please click here to view them!

The photos above are of Torun high school student's visit to Philadelphia to participate in the fourth exchange between our two Sister Cities from October 14 - 23, 2011. This exchange between the Tadeuszko High School #4 of Torun and Philadelphia's Swenson Arts and Technology High School and Abraham Lincoln High School has been ongoing since 2008!

Gosia Lewandowska's son is a very big Philadelphia Flyers fan in Torun.  Gosia is our liaison and mentioned her son's passion for hockey.  Here, he is modeling his new Flyers hat  - a gift from his friends in Philadelphia!

Magda Kowalska from Torun visited Philadelphia for 8 weeks in summer with her cousin, IVC friend Edward Szkudlapski.  Magda is a Ph D student at Copernicus University in Torun and was taught by many of the teachers in Torun who visited Philadelphia in 2009.

Philadelphia photographer, E.A. Kennedy, visited Torun from June 28 - July 4, 2010 to participate in a photography project, "Torun through the Twin Lenses."  Photographers from Torun''s other Sister Cities also participated.  E.A. enjoyed his visit and represented Philadelphia well!  To see his photos of Torun, click here and then scroll down to move from photo to photo.

The photos above are of the Torun officials' visit to Philadelphia in October, 2009 by the Mayor, City Council Chair, Education Head and high school students and teachers.

The photos below are of the Philadelphia students and teachers' visit to Torun in October 2008.

Swenson Arts and Technology High School in Philadelphia and the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia look forward to the continuation of the Sister Cities exchange program between Tadeusz Kosciuszko High School #4 from Torun and schools from Philadelphia. We are happy to announce that a group of students and teachers from Philadelphia recently visited Torun in October 2010.  We look forward to welcoming the next group of students from Torun later this year.