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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. Make St. Mary's Church a centerpiece of your Gdansk vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Gdansk trip generator.
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  • Man should visit the old, beautiful church in any case and it should rise anyway on the tower. The way is indeed difficult, but if you up and look down the effort has paid off.
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  • One of the most interesting examples of Gothic buildings in Poland. The impressive cathedral, not only due to its size, but also the design and architectural solutions. The basilica was begun to build in the middle of the 14th century. And is the only one of the two buildings that remained after the Teutonic Knights. They were so hated, that at the end of the war, 13-year and throwing them out of the city, how they destroyed everything that was associated with the Teutonic Knights and could remind one of the worst periods in the history of the city. Because of the sacred nature of it was decided to keep the Basilica and the great Mill (standing) Merchant reasons. In the 16th century the Reformation arrived to Gdansk and Catholic church became Lutheran. Catholics can still, in the main nave, celebrations, including masses, in his own rite. The Basilica became a Catholic Temple again after the end of World War II in 1945. In the Interior you can watch the great, among others, an array with the 10-commandments has from the 15th century, and a 14-metre astronomical clock from the year 1470. Worth it to hire a guide who will tell you about the history of the place and many monuments of Gothic art and the Baroque, which can be seen in the Interior of the Basilica. On one of the believe the temple you can climb the narrow stairs leading up to the lookout point. From there you can admire the panoramic view of the city. Impressions are awesome. Not only thanks to the views from the top of the Tower, but also the same beat several hundred stairs can be for some interesting experience.
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  • If you can manage to make it to the 400 steps to the top are views it. The beginning of the stairs really cramped spiral staircase, half-way between the change to avonaisemmiksi.
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