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Granary Island, and no granaries in one piece left, just the skeletal ruins!
In the 16th century, these Granaries were very important.
It was really hard for me to imagine 300 Granaries servicing over 200 Ships a day with 300,000 tonnes of grain a year.
Only one survived WWII and 20 were rebuilt.
One day, they may be restored.
Walking along the Royal Way, the main souvenirs on display in the Street and for sale, was Art.
Lots of the paintings were of main sights in and around Gdansk. There was a good choice of paintings, sorry, I didn't check prices!
Address: Royal Way
I guess you are wondering about the heading?
Street stalls, proper small buildings along many of the streets of Gdansk.
Yes, the whole lot were closed, but they were NOT dull and boring, but quite interesting!
Because there was a false front on each closed Stall. Some had paintings detailing the history of Gdansk, and on other stalls, the fronts were painted brightly making the stall look like a building built in the style of Dutch architecture.
It was like learning the history of Gdansk as we were walking the street. What a great idea, and one I wish other countries would take on.
It really beautified the street when the markets weren't on.
Four Quarters Fountain
Back in history, Gdansk was separated into four quarters, Szeroki, Wysoki, Rybacki and Kogi (Wide, High, Fish and Ship quarter).
In front of the Royal Chapel, is the geographic point where these historic areas met.
Not just a marker, but a Fountain known as the four quarters Fountain, an amazing piece of street art.
On each corner, four life size lions guard each corner, and glass coloured blocks embedded into granite panels, spurt up fountains of water. You need to be careful where you walk, as it is a bit of a trick fountain! We had fun watching some young people trying to dodge the Fountains, I think they were a little wet!
Do you love old Doors? I do!
They just don't make doors like the used to in the medieval ages. Back then, they were made to last, they were strong, and often had detailed wood sculptures. They were heavy and very thick!
The locks were interesting, and so were the hinges, and if you want to see some, just keep your eyes open as you are walking the historic centre of Gdansk.
Oliwska Cathedral door
To me, Oliwska church doors were very different to what I expected!
No, dark brown, heavy polished wood doors here, but fancy patterned and painted doors, with some real old locks and handles!
We were with fellow VT'er Ewa in Gdansk, when she asked if we would like to see this Cathedral. I'm so glad she did, as it really is worth seeing.
A very different style of Church, quite high, and quite long, infact, so long, that it is believed to be one of the longest Cistercian Churches in the World, and it is the longest in Poland. Prince of Pomerania, founded a Cistercian Monastery and the history of the Cathedral began.
Inside, there is lots of art in the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Classical styles, quite a collection! The church contains 23 altars in the Baroque and Rococo style.
The church was consecrated in 1594, then in 1976, Pope Paul VI visited, and it became a Basilica. Then in 1992, Pope John Paul II established the Archdiocese of Gdansk with the seat in Oliwa and the Basilica became a Arch cathedral.
Address: 80-330 Gdañsk, Bishop Edmund Nowicki 5
Ewa brought us to this Church, not only to see the Church, but for the Organ performance that happens every hour in Summer.
When we arrived, the Church was fairly packed with people waiting for the Organ to play.
This is a famous organ designed and constructed between the years 1763 and 1788 by Brother Michael, a Cistercian Monk . The Organ contains 5100 pipes!
What is beautiful is the organ front, decorated with Rococo sculptures and moveable angels holding bells, trumpets, stars and suns.
All of these features move when the Organ is being played, it is a MUST SEE!
At that time it was the largest organ in Europe and probably also in the whole world.
During reconstruction between 1863–1865, the great organ was given a Romantic layer.
This was not the last change, more changes took place between 1934–1935, finishing with the Oliwa organ having 82 standard registers and 5 transmitted ones.
1955, and once again the organ was thoroughly renovated, and then again between 1966–1968, so now the great Oliwa organ comprises of 96 registers, 5 manuals, a pedal, an electro-pneumatic tracker action and also an electronic system recording up to 64 combinations
The great organ is connected with the choir organ and is one of the biggest ones in Poland.
If you come for the performance, come early so you have time to look around and get a seat and a good position in the Church.
It's VERY POPULAR!
Main City Hall
As with lots of cities in Europe, you usually find some building 'under wraps' as they are being restored. Well, the Gothic-Renaissance Main City Hall was the one in Gdansk, the Tower was being renovated! No tours today, SO no climbing the 80 meters high narrow tower which is topped by golden figure of Zygmunt August (1561).
Views are meant to be good of the city and Bascilica.!
Built between 1379-1492, it houses the Gdansk City Historical Museum. The Tower was covered, so no beautiful photo for me, but it does sound quite good if you head inside. The interiors are said to be beautiful, especially the Red Room (Great Council Chamber), the White Room for audiences and the Treasury Room.
VISIT CITY HALL MUSEUM......
TUE 10-3pm WED-SAT 10-4pm, SUN 11-4pm.
ADMISSION ...Adults 8zlt
VISIT THE TOWER......
MON 10-3pm TUE-SAT 10-6pm SUN 11-6pm
ADMISSION.....Adult ...10 zlt
Address: Dlugi Targ street
Mariacka street is only short, but it is full of interest! I really enjoyed the walk, looking at the pot-plants, the architecture of the buildings, the facades and the sculptures.
Another busy street!
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