St. Mary's Church, Gdansk

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One of the largest brick churches in the world, St. Mary's Church was begun in the 14th century and can hold 25,000 people. The large hall has enough space for three aisles under the high white arches with carved relief star vaulting. The plain brick Gothic-sytle architecture stands tall in the city center and is an iconic structure for the city. Artwork inside the church, such as the Holy Mother of God sculpture and the Ten Commandants sculpture, date to the 15th and 16th centuries. The organ is a 21st-century addition; its sound fills the space with music. Put St. Mary's Church at the forefront of your travel plans using our Gdansk road trip planning app.
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  • The inside of the church is a comparative disappointment compared to some that I have visited in Poland as the protestants whitewashed the walls, and some of the original frescos are only now being... 
    The inside of the church is a comparative disappointment compared to some that I have visited in Poland as the protestants whitewashed the walls, and some of the original frescos are only now being...  more »
  • Only saw this from the outside, but it is huge. An amazing structure, great for getting your bearings, if you get lost. 
    Only saw this from the outside, but it is huge. An amazing structure, great for getting your bearings, if you get lost.  more »
  • The church is full of beautiful decor, and some interesting and intricate pieces of art. The view from the tower is worth the effort up the stairs. 
    The church is full of beautiful decor, and some interesting and intricate pieces of art. The view from the tower is worth the effort up the stairs.  more »
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  • This is one of the best churches I’ve been too. It’s very scenic. They have a wild selection of free displays to view. Also additionally you can pay to go the viewing tower. It’s a very long walk up, but you can see nearly all the city from the top. I’d definitely recommend going on a weekday to avoid having large crowds, but it definitely is worth the walk and it’s a great work out I believe around 500 steps. The displays show a lot of the rich history here!!
  • This church obviously has a huge history that cannot be touched upon without seeing and experiencing it with your own eyes. But it offers a very personal experience in and of itself and at a wider level that of Gdańsk and Poland in general. There are some amazing things inside, and the history is obviously key. I would recommend a trip up the Bell Tower although be warned that it is steep and some 440 steps (its a bell tower!). The views at the top though are worth it. Downstairs you have the astronomical clock and some gra es of national importance. Fascinating building.
  • Nice architecture. My one complaint is that I was told to take my hat off which is fine however all the women and children didn't have to which is just discriminatory. This is the age of gender equality and it's about time we started acting upon it. Otherwise nice place, definitely worth the visit.
  • Beautiful and the biggest catholic church in Europe with lots of fine exhibits to see. Great paintings and statues. I especially liked the one that shows Adam and Eve under the tree, that one is gorgeous. Nice place to clean your mind. Definitely would recommend visiting yourself if you’re planning to go to Gdańsk.
  • The organ is impressive and climbing up the tower is absolutely worth it. It is some work to go up the 400 steps to the top and you probably shouldn't do it, if you are claustrophobic or afraid of heights. However, seeing the inside construction of the church tower and the roof top with the beautiful view is a great experience and totally worth the 12 zloty.

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