Gdansk - Old Town

Gdańsk (German: Danzig) is a Polish city on the Baltic coast. It is the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland's principal seaport and the centre of the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area. Gdańsk itself has a population of 460,427 (December 2012), making it the largest city in the Pomerania region of Northern Poland.
The first written record thought to refer to Gdańsk is the vita of Saint Adalbert. Written in 999, it describes how in 997 Saint Adalbert of Prague baptised the inhabitants of urbs Gyddannyzc, "which separated the great realm of the duke [i.e. Boleslaw the Brave of Poland] from the sea." No further written sources exist for the 10th and 11th centuries. Based on the date in Adalbert's vita, the city celebrated its millennial anniversary in 1997

St. Catherine's Church

St Catherine's Church is the oldest church in Gdańsk, Poland. It was a Protestant church from 1545 until 1945, after which it became a Roman Catholic church.This 14th century brick church, the former parish church of the Old Town and where Hevelius was once church administrator, is also his final resting place. You will find his tomb at the rear behind the altar along with an epitaph funded by his grandson nearly 100 years after the great man's death. Following a fire in 2006, which resulted in the ceiling collapsing, work to restore the church took a number of years. A fairly spartan scene, the highlight is a 76 metre baroque tower housing a 49-bell carillon, which has chimed on the hour - every hour - since the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII in 1939.
It also has worlds first pulsar clock

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The Great Armory

The Great Armoury was built in 1600-09 on the medieval line of the city walls. A working arsenal until the 1800's, the armoury remains the finest example of Renaissance architecture in the city. It was designed by Opberghen and is the most impressive of his works in Gdańsk. The well-like structure in front was used as an elevator to transport gunpowder and cannon balls from their storage place in the basement. The armoury was badly damaged in WWII and had to be completely rebuilt and its only in recent years that it has regained its former glory following a spell during which it even placed host to a supermarket. It's now open occasionally as an art gallery.

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Gdansk Old Town - from Amber Sky  Gdańsk (German: Danzig)  is a Polish city on the Baltic coast. It is the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland's principal seaport and the centre of the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area. Gdańsk itself has a population of 460,427 (December 2012), making it the largest city in the Pomerania region of Northern Poland. The first written record thought to refer to Gdańsk is the vita of Saint Adalbert. Written in 999, it describes how in 997 Saint Adalbert of Prague baptised the inhabitants of urbs Gyddannyzc, "which separated the great realm of the duke [i.e. Boleslaw the Brave of Poland] from the sea." No further written sources exist for the 10th and 11th centuries. Based on the date in Adalbert's vita, the city celebrated its millennial anniversary in 1997 Baltic Cultural Center  History of the building dates back to the end of the 16th century, when it was designed by Antoni van Obberghen, in the style of Netherlandish Mannerism, to be the seat of the Old Town authorities. Throughout centuries it was the centre of contemporary political, economic, scientific and social life of this part of the city. It was here that elites debated about municipal matters, celebrated official ceremonies in Great Hall, and organised balls and  banquets. The Old Town Hall is linked to the figure of a famous scientist – astronome Johannes Hevelius. It is him who stored beer in the cellars of the building. Baltic Cultural Center Church of Sts. Joseph
Bridge of love  At the junction of the Korzenna and Na Piaskach streets, you will notice a bridge with beautiful, openwork railing. The railing becomes less and less visible each year because colourful padlocks hanging there cover it. Lovers come there to symbolically make their relationships more durable by hanging a padlock with their initials, important dates or vows of undying love.  For the vow to be valid, they have to throw the key to the padlock to the Radunia river flowing beneath the bridge. Who would think that the Most Chlebowy (Bread Bridge) where bread used to be sold in the past, would become the Love Bridge! Mill House Restaurant  Dom Młynarza Mill House Restaurant Johannes Hevelius 1611-1687
Johannes Hevelius 1611-1687  This statue was designed by Jan Szczypka and unveiled on January 28th 2006, the 395th anniversary of his birth in the gardens dedicated to him opposite the Old Town Hall. Hevelius is widely regarded as the last great astronomer to work without lenses and instead made many of his discoveries using a quadrant and alidade, tools he is depicted with here as he stares up at a wonderful recreation of his work on an adjacent surviving pre-war building. Johannes Hevelius 1611-1687 Hevelius Star Atlas The Great Mill  Built by the Teutonic Knights in 1350, this magnificent edifice with its rising tiled roof is the grandest civil construction in Gdańsk. Until 1356 when the Radunia Canal was built, the mill was powered by slaves turning 18 huge wheels. It was the largest industrial plant in Europe during the Middle Ages and functioned until the end of WWII. Since then the mill has served some less than suitable roles, including a PEWEX (a Communist era shop where you could buy goods not available in normal Polish stores but only with foreign currency) and until 2016, as a rather sad looking shopping mall. This treasure is now closed to the public while we await news on its future.
The Great Mill Little Mill in Gdansk  Mały Młyn - It was erected on a vault unpaved over the Raduni canal , excavated in the middle of the 14th century , near the church of Sts. Catherine . Gothic brick building with gable roof tile roof was built around 1400.  He did not function as a mill , served as a granary of products coming from the opposite side of the Great Mill Road. Rebuilt after the Second World War , a Polish branch of the Polish Fishing Association . English Unlimited Bookshop P1100723
P1100725 Market Hall at Dominikański Square  In 1894, it was decided to build a Market Hall, which was put into use on 3 August 1896  , to liquidate street trade. In 1999, during the last renovation, the remains of the market settlement, the foundations of the Romanesque church of Sts. Nicholas (dating back to 1170), a church cemetery with more than 400 burials and remnants of the foundation of the Dominican monastery. The monuments found have been partially secured and covered with floor and are now partially exposed in the lower part of the hall [3] . During the three years of archaeological work, the remains of several thousand buried Gdansk have been found under the hall and under the surface of Dominikański Square. From the beginning of 2001 to August 2005 the hall was closed and underwent a major overhaul with restoration [5] . The basement hall, with exposed monuments from the 12th century Market Hall at Dominikański Square  The activities of the World War II hall have survived almost without prejudice. Only the section of the attic in the western part of the northern wall was destroyed, and the hand and machine guns pierced the facade bricks and sheet metal roofing Market Hall at Dominikański Square
Dominikański Square Market Hall at Dominikański Square Market Hall at Dominikański Square Dominikański Square
Street View toward  the great Armory Beer  Street Beer Street  Piwna Street looking to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Golden Gate  The Golden Gate in Gdansk ( the Long Gate Gate or the Gate of the Long Street , Langgasser Tor ) was erected in 1612 at the site of the fourteenth-century Gothic Gate .In 1957 the building was rebuilt after the destruction of the war.  In the frieze on the front wall, a quotation from Psalm 122 : ES MVSSE WOLGEHEN DENEN DIE / DICH LIEBEN ES MVSSE FRIEDE SEIN INWENDIG IN DEINE MAVENEN PSA-122 ("Let peace take those who love you. in your walls, and security in your palaces! "). The Latin inscription on the gate from Długa street says: Concordia res publicæ parvæ crescunt - discordia magnæ concidunt ("The agreement of small republics grow - great disagreement collapses"). Notice the spelling error in the word "discordia", located on the gate in the form of "discordia". This error committed at the time of construction of the object has been faithfully reproduced today as a curiosity.
Golden Gate  Both facades of the gate are topped with attic , with eight allegorical sculptures (four on each side). They are a reconstruction of 1878 statues that were original copies destroyed by the climatic factors of sculptures by Peter Ringering made in 1648 on the basis of the project Jeremy Falck . Figures from the west (pictured) symbolize the aspirations of the townspeople: Pax (Peace), Libertas (Liberty), Fortuna (Fate) and Fama (Fame). On the eastern side (from Dluga Street) you can see figures representing civic virtues: Concordia , Iustitia , Pietas and Prudentia . Golden Gate St George  Court of the Brotherhood of St. George After the destruction of the war (destroyed roof, burned interior) the building was rebuilt in 1950-1953. The roof of the statue. Jerzy survived evacuated from the city and placed in the building of the hydroelectric power plant Bielkowo . Today, the building houses the Coastal Division of the Association of Polish Architects . Golden Gate  Down Długa Street to the Gdansk Historical Museum a Gothic-Renaissance town hall with a 37 bell carillon, plus local history exhibition & events.
Inside the Golden Gate Long Street Foregate  The large 15th-century construction known as the Foregate consists of the Torture House (Katownia) to the west and a high Prison Tower (Wieża Więzienna) to the east, linked to one another by two walls. When the Upland Gate was built, the Foregate lost its defensive function and was turned into a jail. The Torture House then had an extra storey added as a court room and was topped with decorative Renaissance parapets. Foregate
High Gate  the renaissance city ​​gate in Gdańsk , nowadays the main motorway ( Okopowa and Jagiellonian streets). Until 1895 it was in the 16th century fortifications, between Bastion St. Elżbieta and Bastion Karowy and was the main entrance gate to the city, opening the so-called Royal Road The vigorous form of the gate was to the city gates of Antwerp ( Sint-Jorispoort - St. George's Gate from 1543-45, Kipdorppoort from 1550), based on Italian designs. In the ground four replicas of the Tuscan pilasters are flanked by three semi-circular closed passages - the middle, the tallest, were designed for pedestrian traffic, two side for pedestrian traffic. This story is faced with sandstone rustic , whose strings are decorated with deep-engraved vegetable ornament. The upper story, which had to cover the raised medal of the flight, was decorated with a heraldic frieze with three strongly raised emblems : in the middle of the Commonwealth , on the right of Gdansk , on the left of Royal Prussia . The frieze is divided by flat, non-classical pilasters, which continue the vertical divisions of the lower storey and are found at the attic in the sculptures of four lions. The whole is covered with a flat hipped roof. High Gate  he building design was approved by the City Council in 1586. Completed in 1588, for 290 years the gates existed in unchanged form. In 1861 the facade was subjected to restaurant work (their track is dated in several places). In 1878 it was decided to increase the throughput - the internal gate was demolished, and on both sides of the van den Blocke gate was added extra passes. In addition, the drawbridge over the moat was replaced by a permanent dike. In 1884 the whole of the gate was rustic (which previously existed only on the western elevation) and added a frieze with coat of arms on the eastern façade. In 1895 the ramparts were completely abolished, and the moat was covered. The gateway was moved to a free-standing gateway building in 1903 and therefore shuttles were closed. After the demilitarization of Gdansk in 1920, the Norddeutscher Lloyd travel agency took over. In 1945 the sculpture of the gate was mainly damaged. Repairs and maintenance were carried out in 1946, 1949/50 and 1964/65. It was only in 1966 that the missing figure of a lion was reconstructed. The rooms were used by the Polish Travel Agency "Orbis". In 1952, the passage was again reopened, leaving behind closed passages that included, among others. tourist information. In 2002 the gate was taken over by the Historical Museum of the City of Gdansk and on 22 May 2012 the Pomeranian Tourist Information Center was opened there. National Bank of Poland National Bank of Poland
National Bank of Poland National Bank of Poland Down Jagiellonian  Street (91)  Looking past government offices to the main train station New Contruction on Jagiellonian  Street (91)  Just across from the High Gate
Long Street (Długa) Antiques Antiques On Long Street
On Long Street On Long Street Long Market On Gdansk Historical Museum
New Bench House  Artus Court  ( Gdansk , Poland ) - a building located in the center of Gdansk , near Długi Targ 44, formerly a shopping mall, a social life center, later a stock exchange, now a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Gdańsk. The name was taken from the very popular Middle Ages legend of King Arthur , a symbol of chivalry and courage. Neptune Fountain  Neptune's Fountain - is a historic fountain in Gdańsk, which was constructed with the initiative of Mayor Bartłomiej Schachmann, and the local authorities. The fountain is located in the most notable part of Gdańsk - Long Market, by the entrance to Artus Court. Formerly, the fountain was painted. The fountain was opened in October 9, 1633, the delay was caused due to numerous disruptions: the renovation of Artus Court; problems with the robustness of the water system; the Thirty Years' War; and the death of Abraham van den Blocke. The inauguration of the fountain's operation took place in March 23, 1634. Between the years of 1757 and 1761, Jan Karol Stender made new fragments of the fountain and stem, and meister blacksmith Jakub Barren had reconstructed and replaced the broken grate. This is when the fountain received its rococo architectural style Neptune Fountain  In 1927, the fountain was renovated. The fountain was damaged during World War II, and moved to Parchów, located near Bytów; after World War II the tower was subsequently renovated and put back to operation in July 22, 1957. In 1988, as part of renovation works the fountain's genitals were covered with a fig leaf. A full renovation of the fountain occurred between September 2011 and April 2012. Doorway of New Bench House  The New Bench House is also called the Gdańsk Entrance Hall. In 1712-1806 it was occupied by the magistrate court (lay judges). Between 1901 and 1945 its authentic hall served as an art gallery.At one p.m. every afternoon (and at three and five p.m. in the season) a sweet girl's face appears in one of the windows of the New Bench Hall. This is Hedwiga, a legendary 17th century maiden said to have been kept prisoner there by her uncle. In 1891 the girl, heroine of an old romance, became the protagonist of its novelised version entitled 'The Maiden in the Window' by Jadwiga Łuszczewska (Deotyma). Generation after generation indulged in the book and upon arriving in Gdańsk would look for the house and the pretty lass lurking in the window.
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Green Gate  With the Golden Gate and the Highland Gate, the Green Gate (Polish: Brama Zielona) spans the Long Market and Long Street, together comprising the Royal Route. The Green Gate was clearly inspired by the Antwerp City Hall. It was built 1568-71 as the formal residence of Poland's monarchs. It is a masterpiece by Regnier (or Reiner van Amsterdam), an Amsterdam architect,[3] and reflects Flemish architectural influence in Gdańsk. Hans Kramer from Dresden was responsible for the construction plans. On 11–20 February 1646 the future Queen of Poland, Marie Louise Gonzaga, was entertained here. In the late 18th century the Nature Society was housed here, but soon moved to the Naturalists' House (Research Society House). Today the Green Gate houses the National Museum in Gdańsk. Exhibitions, meetings, conferences and shows are held here. The Gdańsk office of former Polish President Lech Wałęsa is located in one of the rooms. Stągiewna Gate , Milky Way  Built in the early 16th century, defense towers due to their shape called Milky Stakes are remnants of urban fortifications. At the beginning of the 17th century the gate was rebuilt. During the siege in 1813 a part of the gate was destroyed. In 1945 the interior was burned down and roofs collapsed.  Since 1972, the gate has been used by the ARPO Polish Artists' Artists Cooperative , which bought the building in the 1990s [2] . In 2012 the gate was sold. The surface of the property is 400 m² . [3] Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin MaryBasilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Gdansk waterfront
Monkey Express Mary's Gate  Mariacka Gate - historic , one of the gates of the Main Town of Gdansk . It is located on the Motlawa River at Długie Pobrzeze , at the outlet of Mariacka Street and next to the House of the Natural Society .The gate has late Gothic forms. It was probably built in the last quarter of the 15th century (first mentioned in 1484 ), on the plan of an elongated rectangle about 25 m × 7.3 m, closing the outlet of Mariacka Street. From the adjacent Chlebnicka Gate differs from the larger asymmetry and more massive, octagonal turrets flanking the east façade .In the 16th century the gate lost its military significance and was rebuilt into flats. After considerable destruction in 1945 , the gate was rebuilt in 1958-1996 and was used for the Archaeological Museum . View down Mary's street through Mary's Gate The medieval port crane, called Żuraw (Crane) , over the river Motława  Part of the National Maritime Museum, the oh-so conspicuous Gdańsk Crane (Żuraw) rises above the waterfront. Built in the mid-15th century as the biggest double-towered gate on the shoreline, it also served to shift heavy cargo directly onto vessels docked at the quay. Incredibly, this people-powered device could hoist loads of up to 2000kg, making it the largest crane in medieval Europe. Early-17th-century wheels were added higher up for installing masts.Blasted to pieces in 1945, everything was carefully put back together in the postwar decades, making it the only fully restored relic of its kind in the world. Inside you’ll find exhibits relating to the history of shipping, plus a collection of shells, coral and other marine life;
Crane on top of the Żuraw Crane on top of the Żuraw View to the Żuraw, and Stragani Gate Polish Baltic Philharmonic Concert Hall  The building, which houses the Baltic Philharmonic Hall today was constructed in 1897-1898 as a power station with a neo-Gothic façade. The seat of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic is a complex of buildings at the former plant of the late nineteenth century, located on the island of Ołowianka in Gdańsk. After the plant was closed in 1996, it was subsequently adapted between 1996-2005 as a concert hall. This urban power station was built between 1897-1898 by the Berlin firm of Siemens & Halske, with further expansion continuing through 1913. This brick building with its elegant neo-Gothic façade is decorated with rosettes, turrets and even two tower. During the final months of World War II, the complex suffered severe damage. Launched back in August 1945 the power plant operated until its closure in 1996. The Baltic Philharmonic is composed of seven segments, including:     the main concert hall of 1,000 seats,  chamber music hall for 200 seats, two multi-purpose halls, foyer (exhibition room, 808 sq ft), hotel for 60
Monument to those who kept Gdańsk Polish  Unveiled in 1969 and designed by Wawrzyniec Samp and Wieslaw Pietron, this huge stone monument depicts an axe stuck in the ground and commemorates all those who gave their lives throughout the centuries (from the 1308 Gdańsk massacre to WWII) trying to maintain the Polish identity of Gdańsk. Monument to those who kept Gdańsk Polish  Monument to defenders of Polish Gdańsk also commemorates the victims of the 1308 massacre carried out by the Teutonic Knights House of Pelplin Abbots Train Station
Waiting for the bus Brickwork Brickwork John Paul II Bridge  The Third Millennium John Paul II Bridge is a cable-stayed road bridge which spans the Martwa Wisła River in Gdańsk, Poland. The bridge forms an inverted “Y”-shape with a 100-metre-tall pylon.