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Gdansk (Poland)


Tenement houses

W Dworze Artusa
Inside Artus Court

Gdańsk is one of the most beautiful Polish towns. Most of its magnificent buildings date from the 16th or 17th century - the period of the greatest prosperity of the town. One of the oldest and most picturesque streets in Gdańsk is ulica Mariacka (St. Mary's Street) with its decorative steps, iron railings and gargoyles.

Gdańsk's architecture reflects the city's rich history as a trade and commercial centre. The most common architectural styles are: Gothic, Flemish, Renaissance and Baroque, with many Dutch and Flemish influences.

The historic centre of the town reflects many architectonic styles from magnificent Gothic churches (St. Mary's Church) to Renaissance style sculptures (Neptune's Fountain) and, very characteristic of Gdańsk, narrow houses, beautifully painted and decorated with the Renaissance and Baroque elements of splendid facades, entrances, steps and railings.

Beautiful old tenement houses (kamieniczki) in Gdansk show the past splendour and wealth of the city and its habitants. Characteristic buildings, tall and quite narrow, were built on narrow strips of land, which was extremely expensive in those days.

Artus Court is one of the most spectacular buildings in the centre of the Old Town. Situated in Długa Street, Artus Court used to be the meeting place of the Gdańsk city nobles from the second half of the 15th century till WW II. The magnificent late-Gothic façade conceals spacious interiors, which house a twelve-metre-tall Renaissance ceramic-tile stove, old ship models and many other beautiful items.