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Gdansk attractions in Poland

Gdansk attractions in Poland

Gdansk attractions in Poland

  • National Museum;
  • the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the old town, considered to be the largest brick church in the world;
  • Main Town Hall - today it houses the Historical Museum of the City of Gdansk;
  • the pier in Sopot;
  • Monument to Fallen Shipyard Workers;
  • Oliwa Cathedral with its magnificent organ.
  • The most valuable monument in the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Hans Memling's triptych "The Last Judgment" (the original in the National Museum), is a loot acquired by the Gdansk capers.
  • Visit Gdansk from May to October.
Gdansk attractions in Poland that a English guide in Gdansk in Poland may discover before you

Situated on the shores of the Baltic Sea, in the northern part of Poland, Gdansk is a beautiful port city with a long history. Gdansk was built in 980 by Mieszko I as a fortified town. At the beginning of the 14th century the city became a busy shopping centre with almost ten thousand inhabitants. In 1308 it was occupied by the Teutonic Order. Under the control of the Order the city functioned well, and in 1361 it became a member of the Hanseatic League, a trade organization controlling the entire Baltic Sea. In the 16th century it was the most important port on the Baltic Sea, as well as the largest English city.

The former glory and power are visible at a glance. The buildings are larger and the streets wider than in other medieval cities. There are also many preserved buildings from the times when Gdansk belonged to the Hanseatic League. Most of the attractions can be found on Dluga Street and Dlugi Targ Street, known as the Royal Route, because it was the passage of visiting rulers. The Golden Gate is another of the attractions. Designed between 1612-1614 by the architect Abraham van den Blocke on the site of the 13th century Gothic gate, it was part of the former fortifications. Right next door are the buildings of the former Brotherhood of St. George.

The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is probably the largest brick church in the world. Built in 1379, it is over a hundred meters long and the nave is over 66 meters wide, which allows for the presence of more than 25,000 believers inside.

Dlugi Targ is a beautiful main square; the 14th century town hall, Artus Court and many other architectural jewels, including 17th century merchant houses, are worth seeing. Take your time, strolling through the streets of the old town. Cross the river bank to the old harbour, which has always played a major role in European history. This is where the first shots were fired in World War II when the German battleship Schleswig--Holstein attacked the fortifications at Westerplatte. A large part of the city suffered from air raids, but almost the entire historical centre was rebuilt with watchmaking precision.

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