June 1, 2002 - Gdansk

My first day in Poland was spent in the beautiful town of Gdansk.  I was lucky enough to have my friend Dorota (a Gdansk native) to show me around.

 

The Upland Gate

The Upland Gate

The House of Tortures

The House of Tortures

The Golden Gate with a view of the Royal Way in the background

The Golden Gate with a view of the Royal Way in the background

The Royal Way

The Royal Way

The Royal Way with the Main Town Hall in the distance

The Royal Way with the Main Town Hall in the distance

One of many beautiful, narrow buildings on the Royal Way

One of many beautiful, narrow buildings on the Royal Way

The lower tower of St. Mary's Basilica towers over Gdansk

The lower tower of St. Mary's Basilica towers over Gdansk

Entrance to the Main Town Hall

Entrance to the Main Town Hall

Gdansk's coat of arms

Gdansk's coat of arms

The Royal Way seen from the tower of the Main Town Hall

The Royal Way seen from the tower of the Main Town Hall

Closer view of the narrow buildings on the Royal Way

Closer view of the narrow buildings on the Royal Way

More buildings in the distance

More buildings in the distance

And more buildings...

And more...

St. Mary's Basilica

St. Mary's Basilica

More of St. Mary's Basilica

Closer view of the spires on St. Mary's Basilica

Closer view of the spires on St. Mary's Basilica

From back to front...the Artus Court, the Neptune Fountain, and me

From back to front...the Artus Court, the Neptune Fountain, and me

An extremely narrow and well decorated building on the Royal Way

An extremely narrow and well decorated building on the Royal Way

The Great Crane

The Great Crane

The only destruction I could find leftover from World War II

The only destruction I could find leftover from World War II

Mariacka Street

Mariacka Street

Dorota standing on Mariacka Street

Dorota standing on Mariacka Street

Me standing on Mariacka Street

Me standing on Mariacka Street

Inside St. Mary's Basilica

Inside St. Mary's Basilica

An ornate staircase in St. Mary's Basilica

An ornate staircase in St. Mary's Basilica

Enormous stained glass window in St. Mary's Basilica

Enormous stained glass window in St. Mary's Basilica

Large view of the interior of St. Mary's Basilica

Large view of the interior of St. Mary's Basilica

The astronomical clock in St. Mary's Basilica

The astronomical clock in St. Mary's Basilica

Closer view of the Astronomical Clock in St. Mary's Basilica

Closer view of the Astronomical Clock in St. Mary's Basilica

The Great Armoury

The Great Armoury

Silhouette of the spires atop St. Catherine's Church

Silhouette of the spires atop St. Catherine's Church

Picturesque cottage with St. Catherine's Church in the distance

Picturesque cottage with St. Catherine's Church in the distance

Another view of the Great Crane

Another view of the Great Crane

View from underneath the Great Crane

View from underneath the Great Crane

Interior of the Great Crane

Interior of the Great Crane

Interior of the Great Crane

Interior of the Great Crane

A beautiful street in Gdansk

A beautiful street in Gdansk

Another view of St. Mary's Basilica

Another view of St. Mary's Basilica

And another view of St. Mary's Basilica

And another view of St. Mary's Basilica

Ania, Dorota, and me at the Celtic Pub

Ania, Dorota, and me at the Celtic Pub

Parliament, where we went dancing to celebrate Dorota's birthday

Parliament, where we went dancing to celebrate Dorota's birthday