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  THE OLIWA WATERSHED GROUNDS
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  • THE OLIWA WATERSHED GROUNDS - Gdansk
      THE OLIWA WATERSHED GROUNDS
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  • THE WATER CANAL - Gdansk
      THE WATER CANAL
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      THE WATERSHED BRIDGE OVER THE STREAM
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      ROOFS OF THE WATERSHED
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On the way back from the Oliwa manor (Dwor Oliwski) to downtown Gdansk, I stopped to visit the Oliwa Watershed, which once harnessed the power of the Oliwa stream to power a metelworks factory. Well, it stll operates although exclusively for fun and education of visitors. Built in 1592 the Watershed is the world's oldest still operating structure of that kind.

The owner and the guide to this incredible treasure of 16th century engeeneering lives and runs a small gift shop opposite to the watershed. The sign says that it must be at least, as I remember, 5 visitors at once to visit the watershed. Thus the guide asked us to wait a few minutes. Meanwhile he opened a gate for us and welcomed us to walk around the grounds. There are two wooden buildings on opposite sides of the stream, connected by an enclosed bridge built right on top of the water. Two huge wheels (4 m diameter) dip down into the cool brook, and although the water doesn't seem to be running very fast, the Watershed was engeneered to such an incredible level, that there was enough power to cut through metal!



othercontact: http://www.trojmiasto.pl/oliwa
Phone: +48 (58) 552 51 51
Website: http://www.gdansk-life.com/gdansk/where_is_culture/culture_details/310-The_Watershed

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  • Updated Nov 28, 2005
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