The Monument of the Fallen Workers and the Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk

The Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk

The Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk ©hhesterr/Flick

Gdansk is a famous Polish city with a beautiful scenery and many important monuments. Today we present you two of them, the Monument of the Workers and the Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk.

Being known as a monument of hope and freedom, the Monument of the Fallen Workers in Gdansk was erected in 1980 to commemorate the death of 44 people during the bloody anti-communist revolt in 1970. The Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk lies in the front of the Court of Arthur since 1633 and is seen as a symbol of the city of Gdansk.

 

The Fountain of Neptune and the surrounding buildings

The Fountain of Neptune and the surrounding buildings ©proper dave/Flick

The Monument of the Fallen Workers in Gdansk

The Monument of the Fallen Workers in the dockyard of Gdansk is represented by a 40 meters high steel construction with a design full of symbols: the three crosses represent both the sacrifice of the 44 people and the victory, while the nail type anchors arranged on the crosses represents the crucifixion of hope. The height of the concrete structure represents the long period when people were subjected to the communist regime and also the idea that the regime was defeated. From the center of the monument spread small streets in spiral form expressing the idea of ​ spreading the idea of ​freedom.

The Monument of the Fallen Workers in Gdansk is located in front of the second gate of the shipyard, which has become a symbolic place during the events of 1980. Every year, dozens of official delegations are visiting the city for laying a flower in the memory of those slain in the fight against communism.

Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers in Gdansk

Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers in Gdansk ©peatc/Flick

The Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk

The Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk was built at the initiative of mayor Bartlomiej Schachmann and the city council. The sculpture on the fountain represents Neptune, being designed by Abraham van den Block and cast in bronze by Peterh Husen and Johann Rogge at Augsburg.

To this fountain were added many ornaments and symbols such as the cage with the golden eagles made in 1634, and the basin was completed in mid 18th century by JK Stender. The symbol of the Fountain of Neptune is the god of the sea and oceans with his trident and a sea horse at his feet, in the past expecting prosperity from this fountain giving the feeling of life and wellbeing.
Over time the well was redecorated in rococo style being added all sorts of creatures of the sea. According to legend of Neptune in Gdansk, he have helped to create a famous drink here: Goldwasser. But he got mad at people who throw coins into the pool and hit that hard with his trident as gold flakes fell everywhere, and people say that those gold flakes are found in local drinks.

The Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk

The Fountain of Neptune in Gdansk ©hhesterr/Flick

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