Gdansk's Historical Churches Tour, Gdansk

Gdansk's Historical Churches Tour (Self Guided), Gdansk

Gdansk has a long history of Catholicism, hence the many impressive churches found in the city. In Gdansk you will see some of the most spectacular medieval religious buildings, such as St. Mary's Church, St. Nicolas Church, and other churches that distinguish themselves as part of the urban landscape. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the historic churches of Gdansk.
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Gdansk's Historical Churches Tour Map

Guide Name: Gdansk's Historical Churches Tour
Guide Location: Poland » Gdansk (See other walking tours in Gdansk)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. John's Church
  • The Royal Chapel
  • St. Mary's Church
  • St. Nicholas' Church
  • St. Bridget's Church
  • St. Catherine's Church
  • St. Joseph's Church
St. John's Church

1) St. John's Church

The Church of St. John was built in the 14th century, and was severely damaged during WWII. Part of it is still under reconstruction. Inside you can see a late-Renaissance stone altar that has been in the place since 1599. Concerts are regularly performed here. The church represents the sacral architecture of Gdansk and is really worth a visit.
The Royal Chapel

2) The Royal Chapel

The Royal Chapel in Gdansk is an architectural masterpiece. Built in 1678-1681 in Baroque style, its facade is richly decorated with Baroque sculptures. The colored Royal Chapel stands near St. Mary's Church and stands out as a prominent landmark against the grayness of the church walls.
St. Mary's Church

3) St. Mary's Church (must see)

St. Mary's Church or, properly, Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Roman Catholic church, which is the largest brick church in the world. It was begun in 1379 and is considered to be one of the largest European brick Gothic buildings, which include castles. From 1577 until 1945, when it was named the Marienkirche, it was the biggest Evangelical Lutheran church in the world. It is 105.5 m long, and the nave is 66 m wide. Inside the church is room for 25,000 people.

St. Mary's Church is a triple-aisled hall basilica with a triple-aisled transept. Both the transept and the main nave are of similar width and height, which is a good example of late Gothic style. Certain irregularities in the form of the northern arm of the transept are remnants of the previous church situated on the very same spot. The vaulting is a true piece of art, and was in great part restored after the war. Main aisle, transept and presbytery are covered by net vaults, while the side aisles are covered by crystal vaults.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
St. Nicholas' Church

4) St. Nicholas' Church

The Church of St. Nicholas dates back to the 14th century. It stands on the grounds of a temple from the 12th century. It has very large windows that are unusual for such an old church. It was not damaged by WWII, and has kept its Baroque and Rococo design. There are many gold decorations in the church, old paintings with scenes of Jesus' life, and a splendid chandelier crafted in 1617.
St. Bridget's Church

5) St. Bridget's Church

St. Bridget's Church of Gdansk was built in 1396. Gothic in style, it was totally destroyed during WWII and then rebuilt in 1973. The church became a monument, as it sheltered activists of the Solidarity Movement. Inside the church, you can contemplate a unique work of art. There is a large altar made from amber, a petrified resin that is called Baltic Gold. It is found on the Baltic shore only.
St. Catherine's Church

6) St. Catherine's Church

St. Catherine's Church is the oldest parish church in the Old Town of Gdansk. It was built in 1227-1239. Before WWII, the shrine of the church enchanted visitors with its interior decorations -- Gothic, Mannerist and Baroque. In 1945, the church was destroyed, but then restored. When inside, make sure not to miss the paintings by Anton Möller and Izaak van den Blocke. In the church yard there is an old tombstone of the famous astronomer Jan Hevelius.
St. Joseph's Church

7) St. Joseph's Church

In the place of today's St. Joseph's Church once stood a monastery established in 1391. Later, in the 15th century, a church was added in the name of the Mother of God The Holiest Virgin and Saints Elijah & Elisha. The monastery was destroyed in the 1670s, and the church became parish of St Joseph in 1840. It was burnt down during World War II and then restored.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles