"St. Catherine's Church" Gdansk Things to Do Tip by gosiaPL
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St. Catherine's Carmelite Church is the oldest church in Gdansk, its origins date back to the early 12th century but the brick structure was built in the 14th century. Its Gothic tower with Baroque top is one of the most recognised landmarks in Gdansk's skyline. It is also known for the 37-bell carrilion which chimes its tune every hour on the hour as well as the tomb of Jan Hevelius, the Gdansk astronomer in the 17th century.
Last May (2006) the church's roof was on fire and it collapsed. Fortunetely, the interiors of the church was protected by a strong concrete ceiling so the fire did not threaten the ancient interiors. Many firebrigades came to the rescue. I watched the fire and the roof collapse live on TV, it was a heartbreaking view... When I visited the church in July I could still see water marks on the walls and smell the damp. I have no idea how long it will take for the walls to dry or how much money it'll take to have the roof reconstructed. If you're there, please drop a penny as a small donation. I did...
Address: Wielkie Mlyny St.
Directions: In the Old Town on the other side of Podwale Staromiejskie St., north of Dlugi Targ (Long Market)
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