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Meet your professional tour guide outside the main port gate, check in for the tour and get ready to listen and learn a lot on this comprehensive tour of the old Hanseatic town of Gdansk.
Old Town in Gdańsk can be found north of the modern city center. There are lots of exciting structures there, including: Gdańsk Granaries, Gdańsk Mills, Gdańsk Town Hall, Monument of King Sobieski, Polish Post, Preachers' House. The main streets of the Old town are Ulica Długa (Long Street) and Długi Targ (Long Market), a pedestrian walkways surrounded by buildings reconstructed in historical (primarily during the 17th century) style and flanked at both ends by elaborate city gates.
The Golden Gate is one of the most notable tourist attractions of the city. It was created in 1612–14 in place of a 13th-century gothic gate, the Brama Długouliczna (Long Street Gate). Both sides of the gate have attiques, with figures symbolizing the qualities of the ideal citizen.
The Green Gate is located between Long Market (Długi Targ) and the River Motława. The Green Gate was clearly inspired by the Antwerp City Hall. It was built as the formal residence of Poland's monarchs. Today the Green Gate houses the National Museum in Gdańsk. Exhibitions, meetings, conferences and shows are held here. The Gdańsk office of former Polish President Lech Wałęsa is located in one of the rooms.
Gdańsk Main Town Hall is a historic Ratusz, one of the finest examples of the Gothic-Renaissance historic buildings in the city, built at the intersection of the Ulica Długa (Long Street) and Długi Targ (Long Market), in the most popular part of Gdańsk. The Main Town Hall houses the History Museum of the City of Gdańsk.
St. Mary's Church is currently one of the two or three largest brick churches in the world. The church is decorated within with several masterpieces of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque painting. The most notable, The Last Judgement by Flemish painter Hans Memling, is currently preserved in the National Museum of Gdańsk. Other works of art are: Jerusalem Altar, 1495-1500 (currently in the National Museum in Warsaw), High Altar, 1511–1517, Michael of Augsburg, Ten Commandments, approx. 1485, Gravestone of Simon and Judith Bahr, 1614–1620, Abraham van den Blocke, Pietà, approx. 1420, Holy Mother of God sculpture, approx. 1420, Gdańsk astronomical clock, 1464–1470, Hans Düringer of Toruń, reconstructed after 1945, Organ set, partially transferred from the St. Johns church in 1985.
Solidarity is a Polish labour union that was founded on 17 September 1980 at the Lenin Shipyard under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa. In the 1980s, Solidarity was a broad anti-bureaucratic social movement, using the methods of civil resistance to advance the causes of workers' rights and social change. The square, named after this union is marked by the Monument to the fallen Shipyard Workers opened on 16 December 1980 near the entrance to what was then the Lenin Shipyard. It commemorates the 42 or more people killed during the Coastal cities events in December 1970. The protests were sparked by a sudden increase of prices of food and other everyday items. As a result of the riots, which were put down by the Polish People's Army and the Citizen's Militia, at least 42 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded.
The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, located in the Polish town of Malbork, is the largest castle in the world measured by land area. It was originally built by the Teutonic Knights, a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders, in a form of an Ordensburg fortress. The Order named it Marienburg (Mary's Castle). The town which grew around it was also named Marienburg. In 1466, both castle and town became part of Royal Prussia, a province of Poland. It served as one of the several Polish royal residences, interrupted by several years of Swedish occupation, and fulfilling this function until Prussia claimed the castle as a result of the First Partition of Poland in 1772. Nowadays, the castle hosts exhibitions and serves as a museum.
The Amber Museum is located in the historical Gothic and Renaissance Fore Gate Complex of Długa Street. It consists of three parts: the Prison Tower, the Neck with the Prison House and the Torture Chambers. The Amber Museum presents the origins and properties of amber, as well as how the methods of collecting and processing have changed over the centuries. The most exciting is a unique collection of nature specimens – a priceless gathering of the natural forms of amber, including large chunks, animal and plant inclusions, amber in rare colours and various mineral resins. Also you can see Neolithic amber products and historical objects from Roman and early medieval times. Contemporary arts and crafts and modern jewellery products made by outstanding designers are displayed in an avant-garde setting using multimedia. Multimedia presentation offers an opportunity to find oneself in the middle of an amber forest, smell its scent or be a guest at a fashion show promoting amber jewellery. Three prison cells have been arranged for viewing in the Torture Chambers. The first cell presents preparation for an execution, the second cell is an example of a typical isolation room and, finally, the third cell houses a display of torture tools. Visitors can also familiarize themselves with details of a court trial of one of the Torture Chamber inmates.
On your way from the port of Gdynia, you will hear the story of this medieval town that played such an important role not only in its country's history, but in the world history as well.
Your first stop will be at the magnificent Oliwa Cathedral, built by Cistercian monks in the 12th century. This magnificent basilica holds works of art in Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Classical styles, but is more famous for its amazing Oliwa Organ that boats 5100 pipes!
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