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Oliwa organs

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Oliwa organs
Oliwa organs
Fot. Gdańsk Tourism Organization

Angels, a movable sun, moons and stars, a delicate weaving of ivy and flowers. In the centre - a beautiful stained glass showing the Madonna with Child. A cascade of sounds imitating singing birds, whistling wind, splashing water, buzzing bees and even a thunder storm! The monumental Rococo organ with amazing sound and the exceptionally rich sculpture of the casing is a wonderful decoration of the Oliwa Cathedral. Its creators - master builders Jan Wulf and Friedrich Rudolf Dalitz built it for more than 25 years. Combined with the other two instruments, the small one in the south transept and contemporary positive organ near the cathedral’s exit together have a total of 7,876 pipes. Those in the large organ measure from several centimetres to almost 11 metres! You can enjoy their amazing sound, with a special echo effect, during short daily concerts as well as the famous International Organ Music Festival and the final concert of the Mozart Festival Mozartiana.

Oliwa Cathedral

Oliwa Cathedral
Oliwa Cathedral
Fot. Gdańsk Tourism Organization

Oliwa - a quiet and charming district of Gdańsk, picturesquely cuddled in the forest wilderness of the Tricity Landscape Park, was sung by the famous traveller Alexander von Humboldt as the third most beautiful place in the world. It stands out with the former Cistercian park designed by master landscape architect - Andre Le Notre. A walk among the towering old trees and rare plant species leads to the Oliwa Cathedral with its characteristic two slender towers. Erected as a Cistercian church in the thirteenth century as a Gothic, three-nave basilica, it was built on the plan of a Latin cross, measuring 107 metres and is the longest church in Poland. Its beautiful interior conceals many art treasures: numerous altars, a Rococo pulpit, great stalls, Renaissance portraits of numerous benefactors of the Cistercian monastery. In the central part of the monumental presbytery rises the main Baroque altar. Its “earthly sphere” consists of black columns arranged in a semicircle. The “heavenly sphere” is a vision of heaven: stucco clouds and angel  heads.