Solidarity Walking Tour, Gdansk

Solidarity Walking Tour (Self Guided), Gdansk

"Solidarity" was born in August 1980 and was the beginning of the end of the communist regime.

The representatives of the striking workers from many Polish factories and firms formed the Inter-Factory Striking Committee led by Lech Wałęsa who became later the president of Poland. ****PH***
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Solidarity Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Solidarity Walking Tour
Guide Location: Poland » Gdansk (See other walking tours in Gdansk)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • European Solidarity Centre
  • BHP Hall
  • Stocznia Gdańska (Gdańsk Shipyard)
  • Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers
  • Lech Wałęsa's Wall
European Solidarity Centre

1) European Solidarity Centre

The European Solidarity Centre (Polish: Europejskie Centrum Solidarności) is a museum and library in Gdańsk, Poland, devoted to the history of Solidarity, the Polish trade union and civil resistance movement, and other opposition movements of Communist Eastern Europe. Housed in a mind-bogglingly ugly, oh-so 21st-century hulk of architecture, the exhibition in this unmarked centre (finding the entrance will be your first task) has quickly become one of Gdańsk's unmissables since it opened in 2014. The centre's permanent exhibition has around 2,000 exhibits, and the library contains around 100,000 books and documents. The centre also contains a research and academic centre and conducts educational activities, as well as providing space for conferences and temporary exhibitions.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
BHP Hall

2) BHP Hall

BHP Hall of Gdańsk Shipyard is a monumental building in which, on 31st 1980, the historical Gdańsk Agreement was reached. In 1999, the hall and Solidarity Square were entered in the register of objects of cultural heritage. The interior consists of the original presidential table at which sessions of Inter-Enterprise Strike Committee took place. It is composed of smaller tables made in the carpentry shop in Gdańsk Shipyard. It also presents the exposition titled "Solidarity" - Ways to the agreement".

BHP Hall of Gdańsk Shipyard was built at the turn of the 20th century. In the beginning, it was occupied by an arsenal for torpedos owned by Kaiserliche Werft Danzig (Shipyard of the German Empire). Employee trainings were carried out here since 1961. In 1979, a conference hall and a museum were established in the building.

In December 2004, the hall was taken over by Independent Self-governing Labour Union "Solidarity". The present museum was established in 2010. The place is also used for meetings, conferences, and discussion panels. ***PH***
Stocznia Gdańska (Gdańsk Shipyard)

3) Stocznia Gdańska (Gdańsk Shipyard)

Stocznia Gdańska is one of the largest shipyards in the world. It was first opened in 1945 in the place of a German shipyard. SS Sołdek, the first seagoing ship completed in Poland is currently used as a museum ship.

The Gdańsk Shipyard (formerly Lenin Shipyard) is a large Polish shipyard, gained international fame when Solidarity (Solidarność) was founded there in September 1980. It is situated on the western side of Martwa Wisła and on Ostrów Island.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers

4) Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers

The Solidarity Square is towered over by the 42-metre high Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers. Composed of three crosses with anchors attached, it was erected as a commemoration to the killing of the shipyard workers. To date, the monument is one of the most important memorial places in Gdansk where high-ranking international politicians, presidents, heads of governments, royalty as well as the pope John Paul II all paid their tribute to the victims.

The Monument to the fallen Shipyard Workers 1970 was unveiled on 16 December 1980 near the entrance to what was then the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk. It was created in the aftermath of the Gdańsk Agreement and is the first monument to the victims of communist oppression to be erected in a communist country. It was designed by: Bogdan Pietruszka, Wiesław Szyślak, Wojciech Mokwiński and Jacek Krenz.

Behind the monument, Gate No. 2 is located leading to the grounds that have been partly opened to the public for the sightseeing of the Gdansk Shipyard. ***PH***
Lech Wałęsa's Wall

5) Lech Wałęsa's Wall

In 1980, as tensions rose quickly inside the shipyard following the sacking of crane operator Anna Walentynowicz, the man who would become the face of the opposition found himself locked outside the yard. Lech Wałęsa had been fired himself a few years previously for his opposition to the shipyard bosses and government and with events on the other side of the wall threatening to escalate quickly and jeopardise protests already planned by Wałęsa and his activist colleagues, Wałęsa scaled a shipyard wall to take control of the strike.

This story has become the stuff of legend but the fact is Wałęsa really did scale a wall on ul. Robotnicza to get into the closed yard. The section of wall over which Wałęsa climbed was cut out and placed on display next to a section of the Berlin Wall between the shipyards and railway station where it proudly stood until it was destroyed by a car crashing into it. It has since been rebuilt and stands proudly outside of the headquarters of Solidarity a short walk from the shipyard gates. ***PH***

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