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This small and simple monument stands just by the southeastern wall of the St. Briget's Church, not at all off the beaten path but it's easy to skip. There are always fresh flowers and candles put there. No wonder, for most Poles, never mind their religion, pope John Paul II is the greatest Pole ever. As a Roman catholic pope (1978 - 2005) he visited Gdansk in 1987 and in 1999.
I remember well his visit in Gdansk and nearby Gdynia in 1987 that was in times when Solidarity was still illegal. Never ending crowds of people with hundreds flags and banners of illegal Solidarity movement came to demontrate unity against wrong totalitarian system and showed the power of the Solidarity movement. Maybe this event, among many others, finally lead to changes which started two years later.
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