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Top 7 Interesting Facts about Gdansk

Gdansk
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Gdansk

Gdansk is one of the most beautiful of the tourist-beloved cities in Poland. Travel on Spot offers you a collection of intriguing facts about this Baltic port.

* Gdansk still has its historical Beer Bell that was used to announce the opening of pubs in the old times.

* The St. Mary’s Cathedral in Gdansk is the largest brick church in Europe, with a capacity of 25,000 people. It hosts the largest astronomical clock in Poland that has a dial showing the position of more than ten celestial bodies and a calendar of holidays with a variable date.

People walking on the street at a traditional yearly market in the city center
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People walking on the street at a traditional yearly market in the city center

* The city‘s special drink is the locally produced Golwasser liqueur with small flakes of gold floating in the bottle. It is believed that it brings luck to those who drink it.

* Gdansk has several town halls. One of them, the Main Town Hall, is decorated with a 80-metre-tall tower housing the Red Hall that has one of the most luxurious town hall interiors in Europe.

* Most of the amber stones washed by the Baltic Sea are found on the Gdansk seaside. The boardwalk, bearing the name of John Paul II, is 511.5 metres long.

City center of Gdansk
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  City center of Gdansk

* Gdansk hosts the longest building in Poland, called Falowiec (from the Polish word for wave, fala), because its shape and distribution of balconies resemble a wave. Falowiec has four ten-storey compounds each with four Falowiec hosts a total of 1,792 apartments.

* Gdansk also hosts the country‘s tallest monument dedicated to the fallen shipyard workers. Three crosses with anchors symbolize the sacrifice of the fighters against the Communist regime.

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