Oliwa Cathedral, Gdansk

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#4 of 10 in Historic Sites in Gdansk
Full to bursting with valuable artwork, Oliwa Cathedral serves as the final resting place of many of the region's prominent families. The great organ was designed in the 18th century by a Cistercian monk and features dramatic carved wood against the white vaulting above the congregation's heads. The angels balanced on top of the organ are movable. Other notable artworks adorn the walls and are worth a closer look as well. Work out when and for how long to visit Oliwa Cathedral and other Gdansk attractions using our handy Gdansk travel route website .
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  • We went to visit Oliwa Cathedral on Friday 11th August. We travelled out from Gdansk Old Town to Gdansk Oliwa by tram. The station is about 400m along the main road followed by a short walk through a ...  more »
  • Basilica makes a very positive impression, but that's nothing compared with the authorities. I thought that nothing me in this field do not surprise you, but the power of this instrument is awe-inspiring. And I was only on the 20-minute show. If there is a chance visit to a full concert of the absolutely necessary.
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  • I took a tram out to Oliwa and walked through the park to get to the cathedral. I think I must have been lucky because an organ recital was taking place. The music was awe inspiring. The organ itself ...  more »
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  • Splendid. I come here every year. The organ concert that was being performed during my visit convinced me to buy the CD as well
  • Whether you are a religious person or not, this church is worth visiting. Been there during my last stay in 3city and I was stunned with its beauty. Highly recommend.
  • Hadn't planned to visit the church but we had a couple of spare hours so popped in to have a look - and certainly glad we did! Quite stunning interior with many paintings and very old furniture items with paintings on them too. There are several rooms with stunning architecural pieces and intricate carvings/masonry work. Didn't get to hear any of the organs but I understand they offer free recitals for tourists during the summer season. The cathedral is only a short (5min) walk from Oliwa Park so combine the two if you can. Take a bit of loose change as I'm sure you'll feel compelled to donate.
  • Small church from the outside but the interior is amazing!
  • Magnificent and the have free organ music concerts from time to time

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The suburbs of Gdansk boast plenty of affordable hotels and hostels, offering inexpensive rooms even at the height of the season. Easily accessible by train, neighboring Sopot provides additional sleeping options, including good-value guesthouses and mid-range hotels located mere minutes from the Baltic Sea. If you prefer to stay in Gdansk itself, explore the city's self-catering apartments with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Alternatively, check out the upscale old town hotels, many of which offer discounted rates on the weekends.
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