The Baltic Coast and Pomerania Travel Guide

The Baltic Coast and Pomerania Sights

Kościół świętej Katarzyny (St. Catherine's Church)

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

The former parish church in Gdańsk's Old Town is supposedly the oldest church in the city: its construction was begun in the 1220s; the tower was constructed in the 1480s; the carillon of 37 bells was added in 1634. The 17th-century astronomer Jan Hevelius is buried in the presbytery of the church, below which lies what's left of the town's oldest Christian cemetery (which dates from the 10th century). One of the most fascinating objects in the interior is an octagonal baptistery of 1585, the work of Mateusz Gletger of Braniewo—a wooden structure with a rich wood mosaic and sculpted decoration. Since 2011, the church has also hosted the world's oldest pulsar clock, calculating the time from a signal source outside the Earth. Throughout history, the church survived many calamities, including a fire in 2006, after which the roof had to be replaced; luckily, the interior survived.

Sight Information

Address:

Wielki Młyn, Gdansk, Pomerania, Poland

Phone:

058-301–15–95

Published 07/06/2017

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