Gdansk Gothic Route
The Gothic style in art and architecture evolved thanks to new structural solutions, which allowed to go beyond the previously applied principles of erecting buildings and to achieve a new type of solid. After the era of heavy Romanesque buildings, it was time for the slenderness of Gothic buildings. Thanks to this, it was possible to build not only much higher buildings, but also much better illuminated by larger windows. We invite you to follow the Gdansk Gothic Route!
In Gdańsk, we can find two historic town halls - the Old Town Hall on Korzenna Street and the Main Town Hall on the corner of Długa Street and Długi Targ Street. Contrary to what seems to be suggested by the names of the buildings, the older one - by 200 years - is the Main Town Hall, the construction of which began in the 14th century.
Initially, the Town Hall was only a two-storey building with a rather low wooden tower, but in the following centuries it was gradually modernized and extended: in this way, among others, great link wall, which we can admire from the side of Długi Targ, and in the elevated tower of the Town Hall there are 14 bells striking not only time, but also melodies. Currently, there is a 37-bell carillon in the tower.
The massive, slender, though not devoid of subtlety, the shape of the City Hall is a harbinger of wealth that can be found in its interiors.
The Great Hall of the Weta (White Hall) is the largest space of the Town Hall - it was the throne room during the stays in the city of Polish kings, where meetings of the City Council were held as well. The Hall took its name from the Veto Court.
The Grand Hall of the Council (Red Hall) is the room where the City Council met during the spring-summer period. The most important of the decorative elements of the hall was a ceiling divided into 25 fields filled with paintings with mythological, biblical and antique themes.
The Lesser Council Hall served as a meeting place for the City Council in the winter. As you can easily guess, the room was equipped with a large fireplace, which was renovated after World War II.
The Lesser Christopher Hall and Great Christopher Hall are surrounded by very thick walls, which is why they were used as a city archive for years.
In March 1945, fire and shelling destroyed the building so much and weakened its surviving fragments that, according to initial findings, the building was unfit for reconstruction. Eventually, however, the building was saved and after many years of masterful reconstruction of the Town Hall, it was handed over to the Gdańsk Museum (1970), which takes care of it to this day.
The Town Hall can be visited from Monday to Sunday in the following hours:
Mon: 10.00-13.00 (free entry day)