About Gdańsk and Tricity
Thousand-year-old Gdańsk is one of the biggest and most beautiful cities in Poland. It lies on the Baltic Sea coast. Together with the city of Gdynia and a spa town of Sopot, Gdańsk forms a metropolitan area called the Tricity.
For ages Gdańsk has been playing a key role in the exchange of goods between the countries of Western and Central Europe. As a member of the Hanseatic League, the city was a melting pot of cultures and ethnical groups. It was the 1939 flash point of World War II, and then, in 1980, the birthplace of the Solidarity labor movement, ushering the end of Communist domination in Eastern Europe.
Among many historical monuments, special attention ought to be paid to the gigantic Gothic St. Mary's Church (Poland's biggest) erected in 1343 - 1502, the Town Hall, the late - gothic Artus Court which used to be the seat of the merchants' guild, and one of the city's symbols – The Crane in the form of a Gothic twin tower gate. The town possesses a number of interesting monuments from other periods too. They include a gothic cathedral in Oliwa (a former Cisterian Abbey) with an amazing Rococo organ.
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