Sep 23

GDANSK, A GOTHIC PORT WITH AN AWESOME NIGHTLIFE (GDANSK)

Gdansk is a seafront city in Gothic style, where almost everything is painted gray and adorned with gold. Once a fishing village, today is an important sea port town on the Baltic Sea, where there live nearly half a million inhabitants.

If you visit the city in mid-June, it is likely that the weather is beautiful, perfect to ride slowly along the quay. This area is probably the most enchanting in Gdansk, although the cobblestone streets of the city will find many traditional Polish restaurants, pubs, craft shops and many other attractions.
The view of the keys of the city is seized by the Vistula River delta, the longest in Poland. Tall grass and green delta is highlighted by the blue waters of the Gulf. Work never ends here, from huge ships that go and come, to vendors selling merchandise over the freshest possible. Cobblestone bridges that stretch over canals city and there is even a restaurant built on one of them, famous for its incredibly tasty seafood they serve.

You should not miss the amazing Cathedral of St. Mary. It claims to be the largest brick building of its kind in the world, I can sit on seats 25,000 people. Once here, you can climb over 400 steps to reach the top. The incursion is not for the faint of heart, as some winding stairs are really steep. The feeling is really strange when you’re glued between churches, where you can almost see many of the details of ornamentation. In exchange for a tiny fee, you can take and lift.

The church tower has a height of 76.6 meters and can be seen from anywhere in town. It has a flat roof, and legend has it that a giant named Stolen used to come into town and use it as a chair. Platform that serves as the observer creates a very intimate atmosphere and to get there, you have much time to wait until your turn. Fortunately, there are days when the church is invaded by visitors. Once on the church roof, the view of the entire city and coastline simply cut your breath.

Another church that is worth visiting is the Oliwa Cathedral, which is an enormous organ with ropes and 1110 over 7,800 tubes. Cathedral hosts also tombs and incredible artwork.

National Museum in Gdansk, located in Suburbia Old Gothic art exhibit works from the 15th century is one of the most famous painting “The Judgement” by Hans Memling, stole countless nations (Napoleon’s troops, the Nazis and Russians) and that the right to repossess the city Gdansk. The building where the museum is now was once a Franciscan monastery and hospital for treatment of fever. Unfortunately, explanations of art works are only in Polish.

Fountain of Neptune, which depict the Neptune with trident in front of Arthur’s Court (Dwor Artus), symbolizes great relationship with the city Gdansk. Another characteristic feature of the city is represented by the entrance gates in it; built as defensive fortifications against invaders coming from the sea. You should really go on what was once the Royal Route, used for processions state, which lies along Dluga Street (Long Street) beginning at Upland Gate, one of the entrances to the city.

Gdansk shipyards (Stocznia Gdansk) is located in the north-west of the Old City, an area of Gdansk, not very attractive. Construction sites known as Lenin during the Soviet era Gdansk shipyards were the birthplace of the Solidarity protest movement, the early 80s there has become dynamic and courageous leader of Solidarity, Lech Walesa, who later was elected Poland’s president in 1990.

Another final detail of Gdansk is where he started the Second World War. Westerplatte, a small Polish garrison entered history through the heroic resistance that has proven for 6 days against a prolonged bombardment.

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Jun 03

GDAŃSK, THE TOURISTIC TREASURE OF POLAND (GDAŃSK)

Situated on the Baltic coast, confined by Motlawa, a branch of the Vistula River delta, the Hel peninsula and the Gdansk bay, this city of the same name represents one of them most popular resorts of Poland.

Not only the natural landscape, but also the man-made scenery make up a beautiful dwelling which attracts a great number of visitors. The Vistula River has a very wide delta which has formed many little islands filled with beautiful architecture buildings: hotels, cranes, houses and granaries which confer the place a picturesque atmosphere and looks.

The historical area where the city of Gdansk is located in the heart of the Pomeranian Voivodship and together with two more cities, Sopot and Gdynia, it forms a conurbation that goes by the name of the Tricity, counting more than 750,000 inhabitants. Each location seems to have developed a strict role: while Gdynia is mainly a port, Sopot is a popular seaside resort and Gdansk is considered an important historical, economic and cultural center in the area and in the entire Poland.

The first official reports of Gdansk are known to date since 997 a.D., when the bishop of Prague, Saint Adalbert paid a visit in this area on a Christian mission in Pomerania, which was ruled by the dukes of Pomerania; afterwards, German settlers have arrived in a greater number and in the 14th century, the area was taken over by the Teutonic Knights, who renamed the place Danzig and turned it into a major trade center.

Throughout centuries, it was influenced by Scottish settler, by Prussian politics, by German impact, by French imperialism, each mark bringing a surplus of expressiveness on the face of the city.

The Old Town attracts many tourists, almost as any other touristic spot in Poland, like Warsaw or Krakow. A walk along the river bank Motlowa gives you the chance to find some of the finest restaurants that serve seafood dishes. Here you will be able to walk among ambulant vendors and purchase various amber or crystal objects of rare beauty, you can visit the Maritime Museum or you’ll be able to rest in a floating cafe.

After pass through the Green Gate, down the Long Street, you will face the river Motlawa. The view that opens from this place will also provide first contact with the way of life in Gdansk. But your eyes will quickly be attracted by the medieval crane of the port. Its silhouette looming over the water seems to be sitting on throne showing the physical evidence of the hundred-year relationship between Gdansk and sea. The crane was built in 1444, which makes it the oldest in Europe. If you go under it you’ll be able to see its intricate mechanism, massive chords and other tools.

On the Polish maps you’ll find this street under the name of “Dluga”. From one end to another there is gathered a vast majority of sightseeing in Gdansk. The Long Street is the cultural and historical center of the city. Here are numerous museums, works of architecture, cafes, shops and obviously many opportunities for you to capture the most interesting snapshots.

Alongside this street there are countless attractions, such as the Holy Mary Church, which is the largest brick church in the world and climbing the roof will offer you a great view over the city. Before you soar to climb the 400 stairs that will lead in turn, give yourself a few moments to enjoy the extremely cold but enjoyable atmosphere in the church. Here you will see relics of the past, including a Pieta sculpture of wood, an astronomical clock 500 years old and a three-dimensional triptych of the Last Judgment.

You can also visit the monument built in honor of the naval workers, dedicated to events in the more recent history, when the social movement Solidarnosk, led by Lech Walesa, managed to impose themselves in front of the government and obtain acknowledgement after many persecutions.

The Great Mill is now a shopping center, but between 1350 and 1945 it was the largest medieval mill in Europe. If you venture inside you’ll be able to see objects found during the excavations. In its original form, the structure served as flour mill, barn and bakery. Outdoor water wheel is still found.

Besides that, there are many other beautiful places waiting to be discovered and lots of restaurants and pubs on all tastes and preferences that will allure you with the delicious Polish gourmet, and not only.

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