The Saint Mary Cathedral in Gdansk

View of Gdansk from the Church of Saint Mary

View of Gdansk from the Church of Saint Mary ©BernieCB/Flick

The Saint Mary Cathedral in Gdansk strikes by its massiveness and grandeur, making the nearby buildings look tiny.

The church was built in Gothic style in several stages between 1343 and 150, and it is the largest brick church in the world with a length of 100 meters and a tower reaching 76 meters high. The building has a capacity of 25,000 people.

Its black bricks lit at night has a great visual effect therefor it is a beautiful tourist attraction both during the day and in the night.

 

The church building

The Royal Chapel of the Saint Mary Church was built in Baroque style by King Jan III Sobieski. Sherbet-colored facade with columns Ivory Coast that stands out in surprising contrast with the dark brick church.

The tower of the Saint Mary Cathedral

The tower of the Saint Mary Cathedral ©Julie Lyn/Flick

Unfortunately, the church was severely damaged during the Second World War during the liberation from the communist regime. Among the main items left is a huge organ built by master Marcin Friese and delights by its beauty and grandeur. The room is decorated with paintings, sculptures and religious artifacts.

The astronomical clock of the cathedral

The St. Mary Church has an incredible astronomical clock with a diameter of 14 meters built between 1464 – 1470. This watch was renovated, but has over 70% of its original elements and doesn’t show only the exact time, but also the day, month, moon phase and position of the sun, and at noon presents biblical scenes.

Astronomical Clock of the Saint Mary Cathedral

Astronomical Clock of the Saint Mary Cathedral ©BernieCB/Flick

Stunning view of the city from the cathedral

Climbing on the roof of the Cathedral of Saint Mary will give you a great view of the city. Before that give yourself a few moments to enjoy the extremely cold but pleasant atmosphere of the church. Here you will see the relics of the past, including a wooden Pieta sculpture and a multidimensional triptych of the Last Judgement.

You have to climb over 400 steps to reach the top. The incursion is not for the faint of heart, as some of winding stairs are really steep. The feeling is really weird when you are between the beams of the massive cathedral, where you can see the details of many of the ornaments. In exchange of a tiny fee you can also take a lift.

The church tower has a height of 76.6 meters and can be seen from anywhere in the town of Gdansk. It has a flat roof, that according to the legend was used as a chair by a giant named Stolen. The platform serving as observer creates a very intimate atmosphere but you often have to wait your turn. Fortunately, there are days when the church is not invaded by visitors. Once you are on the roof of the church, the view of the entire city and the coastline simply takes your breath.

View of Gdansk from the Church of Saint Mary

View of Gdansk from the Church of Saint Mary ©BernieCB/Flick

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