Thursday, June 09, 2016

Gdansk - Part II

The Tuesday we were in Gdansk, several of the museums were free from 10:00 to 13:00, so we plotted a route.

But first, some shopping at the market.
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Apparently, every school outing in Poland includes an ice cream break. And how about those vests and kerchiefs?
Gdansk, Poland

The Gdańsk History Museum is located in the Town Hall with its ceiling paintings.
Gdansk, Poland

The center painting features scenes from the city of Gdansk. Note the Hebrew script at top and city scenes throughout.
Gdansk, Poland

The museum also has an exhibit on the destruction of Gdansk by the Soviet Army in the closing months of WWII, and its subsequent reconstruction. These are obviously images not taken by me.
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Nearby is Artus Court, a large building that was a meeting place for merchants with a splendid meeting hall, ship models, and a very tall stove.
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Then up to the Uphagen House, the only townhouse along Dluga Street that, after WWII, was completely restored inside and out to its original state. The other townhouses, all devastated in WWII, had only their facades restored; their interiors are modern.
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Then to the Amber Museum and Prison Tower; however, the Prison Tower part with its implements of torture is not open on free days it seems, only the Amber Museum was open. Bummer; but the Amber Museum was interesting enough as amber was a part of the economic fabric of Gdansk dating from way back. The historical stuff was informative.
Gdansk, Poland

Guitar made of amber.
Gdansk, Poland

Mariacka Street and its porches is an amber and cafe gauntlet during the day, quiet at night.
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Inside St Mary's Church, the spiritual center of Gdansk. It can hold 20,000 folks. And has an astronomical clock.
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

On our way to the Gdansk shipyards and the Solidarity Museum, officially the European Solidarity Centre, we stopped in St. Brygida, the home church of Lech Wałęsa.
Gdansk, Poland

The famous front gates of the Gdansk shipyards. This part of the shipyard is no longer in operation and houses the European Solidarity Centre (seen behind the gates).
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

With the monument to the 1970 uprising in front...Growing up during the Cold War and being a shipyard worker in the late 1970's myself, I found this ground to be particularly moving.
Gdansk, Poland

Sunset.
Gdansk, Poland





1 comment:

Crash Eddy said...

Shipyard worker? Learn something new every day. More monumental churches. The oval painting is breathtaking, fantastic detail. You must've laid on your back on the floor. Vests and kerchiefs and ice cream, what more could one ask for.