The Polish Port City, Elblag

Elblag

Elblag

Check out this medium-sized port city that is inhabited with only 126 thousand people. Elblag is in the Northern Poland belonging to the Warmińsko-Mazurskie voivodeship. The people here live on this city that lies on the Elblag River. This 14.5 kilometer river connects to Lake Druzno and the Vistula Lagoon. Infact, Lake Druzno is not deep to qualify as a lake. Jagielloński and Elblaski Channels as well as some other lakes are in vicinity. So if you like lakes and nature, this might be a good place to have a nice walking around. It is quite a quiet area as it is mostly flat and mostly agricultural area: Vistula Delta (Zulawy Wislane) region. The other nearby parts are plains and open fields, marshes and swamps; all around Lake Druzno. You may say that Elblag is the indicator of Polish-German relationships, between the Poles and Germans. Despite the inevitable state war and partly the dual ancestry, if you visit it today, you can be rewarded to see those magnificent medieval monuments as well as the remnants of an Old Town district. Some of these are remains of the end of WWII but became prosperous industrial, cultural and academic centre over time.

Breweries, shipyards, and metallurgical

Elblag River

Elblag River

This place used to be one of the most important urban centres of the region, its significance today is all about its breweries, shipyards, and metallurgical industry. It is currently in union with six Baltic countries namely Russia, Estonia, Denmark, Latvia, Sweden and Poland, one main reason is to better their political, cultural and financial partnerships. There are several notable historical sites with tourist attractions such as the medieval red-brick tenement houses and churches. The monumental Gothic St. Nicolas Cathedral in the Old Town district is definitely worth checking out. It used to be a parochial church but was reconstructed after the destruction in the WWII. In this part of Poland, you get to see the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque designs on buildings that are usually less than 50 years old. Most of them were extensively damage during WWII. The others that are still reconstructed are for example the Brama Targowa City Gate from the 1319, the St. Mary’s Church since 1961 reconstruction, which is now an art gallery. You could see the remnants of the partially preserved cloister though it was formerly a Dominican church built in the 13th century. And last but not least, the 14th century Holy Ghost church with hospital and also dated from the same century, the Corpus Christi church.

 

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