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With its origins going back to the 10th century, prewar Gdansk or Danzig as it was known then was forged by years of Prussian and Hanseatic domination. The battles to liberate the city in 1945 resulted in almost total destruction.

The historic part of town was rebuilt with great reverence; today it represents one of the richest and most lavish complexes of architectonic relics in Poland. Entering the historic quarters is like walking straight into a Hansa merchants’ settlement. Huge stone gateways guard both entrances to the main thoroughfare; the well-proportioned tower of the town hall makes a powerful impact. The main square is filled with fine mansions; among them the Artus Court, once the residence of Gdansk’s rulers, stands out. Gigantic St. Mary’s Church reputedly is the largest brick church in the world; it is able to accommodate 25,000 people. Dominating the waterside is the seven-story Great Mill, once the largest mill in medieval Europe.

Together with Gdynia and Sopot, Gdansk makes up an urban-port complex, the so-called Tri-City. It is known for its shipbuilding industry; it is the seat of the Higher Martime School, Naval Academy, Marine Fishing Institute, and Institute of Marine and Tropical Medicine. Gdynia is the modern port for Gdansk, which is perhaps the most familiar city in Poland. The home of Lech Walesa, Solidarity and the former Lenin Shipyards, Gdynia’s images have flashed across a decade of news bulletins. Expectations formed from the news reels are fulfilled by the industrial landscape; suggestions of latent discontent, radicalism and future strikes are all tangible. What is more surprising is the cultural complexity of the place.

Near Gdansk lies Sopot, one of the oldest resorts on the Baltic Sea. It was rated among the most fashionable seaside resorts in northern Europe during the 19th century. It still is the country’s most popular health spa, adding its beach and flair for entertainment to other varied attractions. Visitors come here to treat their rheumatic problems with salt and mud baths. Sopot is also known as an important music center, featuring an annual Opera and International Song Festival.

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