Hewelion the Lion Trail
Gdansk walking tours with Hewelion are attractive not only to the youngest. Hewelion is a hero of the trail initiated and developed by Gdansk Tourism Organisation. A little happy lion with a bag full of interesting urban stories can be found in different spots of Gdansk. Attributes of consecutive Hewelions are connected to the places where lions are to be found and stories they have to tell. The author of bronze lions is Tomasz Radziewicz, a Gdansk artist.
The Great Mill is great not only by its name. It was the greatest industrial plant of Medieval Europe. It was built between XIV and XV century and it worked ceaselessly up to 1945. It is a great achievement! The facility has only one tier, but under its solid roof, there are six levels that had been used as grain and flour stores. And there were plenty of these to store! Working round the clock, the plant processed 14.000 tonnes of malt, 54.000 tonnes of rye and 1500 tonnes of wheat yearly. To enable such big production, the mill had to have enough energy. Radunia canal streamed on both its sides. Thanks to it, it was possible to mount originally 12, and then even 18 mill wheels. An additional improvement of the plant was the installation of a wheel that during droughts or wars, when the city was deprived of water, drew energy from animal’s work.
The mill was very significant part of Gdansk’s economy. It provided flour to make bread and malt to brew the famous beer. A big amount of resources was exported as well.
Unfortunately the mill was destroyed during World War II. Its reconstruction started at the end of the fifties. Over the next years, the building had various functions: exhibition space, store and even games room. Between 1994 and 2016 the old mill functioned as a shopping centre. Today its host is Gdansk History Museum. Hewelion standing nearby has the last sack full of flour minced by the mill’s wheels, for sale. Just like real businessmen do, he carefully calculates its value using his tablet. Will he sell it?