St. Mary’s Church in Gdańsk – the largest Brick Gothic church in the world | Poland

Updated: October 25, 2020 | By | 1 More

One of the greatest landmarks of the Polish city of Gdansk is certainly a medieval brick church of the Virgin Mary. This church of red bricks (indeed almost all the churches in Gdańsk except for Oliwa Cathedral are made of red bricks) boasts world record: it is the largest brick church in the world. Its construction started in 1343, but was completed 150 years later. Now it can hold up to 2,500 worshipers.

St. Mary's Church in Gdańsk - the largest Brick Gothic church in the world | Poland
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Final finishing works were carried out under the guidance of architect Henry Hetzel. From 1529 until 1945 it served to the Protestants. It was destroyed during the World War II and then undergone extensive reconstruction, just like many other monuments in Poland. The interior of the church is furnished with a Gothic, manneristic and baroque furniture. You can see here also several memorial plaques of the leading local families.

This truly monstrous Gothic building has the shape of the cross and features a great nave and huge windows along the entire perimeter. You should visit it early in the morning when the sun is still low – it’s worth to wake up early!

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  1. I and my husband will be travelling to Poland in January for New Year Celebration. This is the first time and we plan to stay there for 2 week. Is there any suggestion for what to see and do in Poland.
    Any travel advice and recommendation will be highly appreciated

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