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Dluga (the Long Street) is Gdansk's main pedestrian broadwalk, crossing the Main Town and, together with the Long Market (Dlugi Targ) forming a so-called Royal Way, from the Upland Gate to the Green Gate and the Motlawa quays. The whole route is commonly referred to as "Dluga". Dluga proper begins at the Golden Gate, the most ornate of the Gdansk gates, and is lined along its whole stretch with the typical Gdansk merchant houses, Dutch-influenced narrow and tall town houses topped with decorative gables and adorned with coats of arms, allegorical sculptures, bas-reliefs and frescoes. The best merchant houses on Dluga include Ferber house, Schuman house, Uphagen house (now a museum) and Lion's Castle (Lwi Zamek). Dluga widens into the Dlugi Targ (Long Market), the heart of Gdansk and the location of its most important secular buildings. The Main Town Hall, the Artus Court and the landmark Neptune fountain are all on the Long Market.
The Bazylika Mariacka dates to the 14th century but was severely damaged in World War II, during the storming of Danzig City by the Red Army in March 1945. Fortunately, most of the artworks from the interior survived, as they were evacuated for safekeeping to the villages surrounding the city. The reconstruction started shortly after the war in 1946 and is an ongoing effort which continues to this day. This church is one of the major attractions of Gdansk and, as it is located in the heart of the historic Main Town, easily incorporated into any tour. St. Marys Church or, properly, Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Gdansk, is the largest brick church in the world and one of the largest Brick Gothic buildings in Europe. It is over 100 m long, and the nave is 66 m wide. Inside the church is room for 25,000 people. The interior decor of the church also features several masterpieces of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art. - The Last Judgement by Flemish painter Hans Memling (copy in church, original in the National Museum of Gdansk) - Main Altar, by Michael of Augsburg (early 16th century) - Gravestone of Simon and Judith Bahr (early 17th century) - Pieta (15th century) - Holy Mother of God (15th century) - Astronomical clock from 15th century by Hans Düringer of Torun - Organ set It's possible to climb the tower to a viewing platform on top of 78 m tower. There is a small charge and there is no lift (more than400 steps to climb), but the visitor is rewarded by views of Gdansk and surrounding areas. Open weekdays and Saturdays 6:30am till 7/8pm, but take note of service times: Sundays: 7.30am 8.30am 9.30am 10.30am 12.00am 6pm (Oct-Apr) or 7pm (May-Sep) Weekdays and Saturdays: 6.30am 7.30am 6pm (Oct-Apr) or 7pm (May-Sep)
The Archaeological Museum (main branch in Gdansk) offers permanent exhibitions on: - Prehistory of Gdansk Pomerania - Prehistoric illnesses and diseases - 1000 years of Gdansk in excavations - Amber throughout millennia - Nile Valley Mysteries: archaeology and ethnography of Sudan Opening hours: Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am-4pm Wed: 10am-5pm Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm CLOSED MONDAYS Ticket prices: Adult: 5 PLN Concession: 4 PLN Family: 10 PLN FREE on Saturday Tower: 2 PLN Guided tour: 20 PLN Guided tour in English/German: 40 z&322;
It's a wooden port crane and dates as far back as 1367. Its present look dates to the middle of the 15th century. Inside you can see the wooden treadmill operated by humans stepping in it, and climb up to look out onto the river and see other parts of the machinery. There is also a gallery of boats from around the world in adjacent building covered by the same entrance price. Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00-15:00 Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10:30-15:30 CLOSED MONDAYS! Tickets: Adults - 6 PLN Concessions - 4 PLN Photographs and Video charge - 5 PLN There is also a combined ticket for the Granaries, Zuraw and s/y Soldek incl. ferry crossing Adults - 15 PLN, Concessions - 9 PLN Photography charge - 10 PLN Guided tours are organised and the charge for a tour in English or German is 20 PLN (group of less than 25 people).