Next week it’s time to move on to Skagen, Denmark, where they do not make the watch. Until then, one last Fun Photo Friday viewing of Gdańsk, which also closes out my Baltic Cruise series as we remain aboard Vision of the Seas for yet another cruise, this one a transatlantic crossing.
Today’s we’re just going to wander around the streets of Gdańsk, beginning with the street scene above of Old Town, and moving on to this model of the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970 at the European Solidarity Centre:
The train station here is worth a visit, as well as taking up some room in your camera’s storage:
Step over to the banks of the Martwa Wisla and you might find some interesting watercraft:
As with most old European cities, it does pay to point your camera skyward:
Today I present to you the marvelous interior of St. Mary’s Church in Gdańsk. Formerly named Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, this Roman Catholic church is indeed a basilica, and has been since it was elevated to that status in 1965. Construction of the current structure began in 1343, but would not be completed for 159 years.
Within the church is an intricate and unique clock that was built over a six-year period beginning in 1464. This is the six-faced Gdańsk astronomical clock, and it is sophisticated enough to announce the time of day, the date, the zodiacal location of both the moon and the sun, and the calendar of saints.
The Gdańsk astronomical clock stands 14 meters/46 feet in height, making it at the time the largest in the world. Among current wooden clocks, it may still hold the size record. Each hour, Adam and Eve let you know the time by striking the bells at the top:
Now for more interior views: