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Kościół Najświetszej Marii Panny (St. Mary's Church)

  • Podkramarska 5 Map It
  • Stare Miasto
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/21/2016

Fodor's Review

The largest brick church in the world—and the largest church of any kind in Poland—St. Mary's is on the north side of ulica Piwna. The sanctuary can accommodate 25,000 people. This enormous 14th-century church underwent major restoration after World War II. Although it originally held 22 altars, 15 of them have been relocated to museums in Gdańsk and Warsaw. The highlight of a visit is the climb up the hundreds of steps to the top of the church tower. The church also contains a 500-year-old, 25-foot-high astronomical clock that has only recently been restored to working order after years of neglect. It keeps track of solar and lunar progressions, and it displays the signs of the zodiac, something of an anomaly in a Catholic church.

Sight Information

Address:

Podkramarska 5, at ul. Piwna, Gdańsk, Pomerania, Poland

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Sight Details:

  • zł 4 (church); zł 5 (tower)
  • Church Mon.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 1–5; tower Apr.–Oct. only

Published 01/21/2016

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