Place Gdańsk

Gdańsk is a city on the Baltic coast of northern Poland. With a population of 470,621, Gdańsk is the capital and largest city of the Pomeranian Voivodeship and the most prominent city in the geographical region of Pomerania. It is Poland’s principal seaport and the country’s fourth-largest metropolitan area.The city is situated at the southern edge of Gdańsk Bay, in a conurbation with the city of Gdynia, the resort town of Sopot, and suburban communities; these form a metropolitan area called the Tricity , with a population of approximately 1.5 million. Gdańsk lies at the mouth of the Motława River, connected to the Leniwka, a branch in the delta of the Vistula River, which drains 60 percent of Poland and connects Gdańsk with the Polish capital, Warsaw.
The city’s history is complex, with periods of Polish, Prussian and German rule, and periods of autonomy as a free city-state. An important shipbuilding port and trade point since the Middle Ages, in 1361 it became a member of the Hanseatic League which defined its economic, demographic and urban landscape for several centuries. From 1918 to 1939, Gdańsk lay in the disputed Polish Corridor between Poland and Germany; its ambiguous political status created tensions that culminated in the Invasion of Poland and the first clash of the Second World War at nearby Westerplatte. The contemporary city was shaped by extensive border changes, expulsions and new settlement in or after 1945. In the 1980s, Gdańsk was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement, which played a major role in bringing an end to Communism in Poland and helped precipitate the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact.
Gdańsk is home to the University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk University of Technology, the National Museum, the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, the Museum of the Second World War, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic and the European Solidarity Centre.

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A walk around Gdańsk
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Dwór Artusa

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Tower Clock Museum

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Old Prussian Hags of Northern Pomerania

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The Three Boar Heads of Gdańsk

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Nowy Dwór Gdański the capital of Żuławy
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Brutalism 1966
Church of St. Michael
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Discover Torpedownia in Gdynia, Poland: A World War II torpedo launch station abandoned off the Polish coast.

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Mennonites in Poland. Common Heritage
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Atlas Obscura 2018
The Coffin-Shaped Church Where Monks Once Slept in Coffins

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Take A Look Inside The World’s Largest Brick Fortress In Poland
World Heritage Site 1997
Malbork Castle

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Church of St. Joseph
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Ruins at Westerplatte

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Wisłoujście Fortress

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