Theatre of figures: apostles hurrying to heaven being chased by death, the sun and moon wandering on the back- ground of zodiac signs, thousands of handwritten figures and numbers incomprehensible to the layman. A dark legend. The fifteenth century work of Hans Düringer: an unusual, reconstructed monument, hidden within the walls of St. Mary’s Basilica. The famous astronomical clock consists of three parts. The peak, the most eye-catching for visitors, is a theatre of figures: the apostles, death as well as Adam and Eve striking the hours and quarter hours on the bell. The central part of the clock is a planetarium with the proper clock, zodiac signs and a disc with the phases of the moon. The lower part is a liturgical timeline: a disc filled with lots of marks understand- able only for the initiated, partly overshadowed by a second - with the image of the Madonna. The history linked with the building of the clock, a blood chilling legend, is just as interesting as the work of the master Düringer...
St. Maryls Basilica
Erected for more than one and a half centuries St. Mary’s Church is the city’s most commanding Gothic building. It is the largest European church (it can hold even 25 thou- sand people!) and has no equal among all the brick churches around the world. Its interior with an exceptionally beautiful crystal ceiling supported by 27 massive pillars hides many excellent medieval and baroque works of art, including the exquisite, main altar, the work of master Michał Schwarz from Augsburg, a touching stone Pieta from around the year 1410, a copy of Hans Memling’s triptych “The Last Judgement”, the Beautiful Madonna sculpture, a basket chandelier from the year 1490 and the famous mentioned astronomical clock. The excellent acoustics of the raw, ascetic church walls are stressed by the beautiful sound of baroque organs. A magnificent panorama view of the city can be enjoyed from the galleries of the impressive, 82 metre high tower, with the characteristic silhouette of a flat roof proudly rising over Gdańsk. Close to 400 stairs lead you to the top. Next to it, in the shadow of the Basilica, stands the beautiful baroque Royal Chapel with its original facade and three characteristic domes.