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Brama Mariacka, znieszczenia pod 2 wojnie swiatowej w Gdańsku
Mariacka Gate 1945 i 1962

Mariacka Gate and Mariacka Street

Mariacka Gate (Brama Mariacka) is slightly younger than Brama Chlebnicka it was founded at the end of the 15th century, but it represents the features of the same architectural style, that is the Flemish Gothic. However, unlike Chlebnicka Gate, it has not been preserved in its present form since the Middle Ages. Destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt only between 1958-1961. The gate lost its defensive character quite early and in the 16th century it was adapted for housing purposes.

Mariacka Gate and Mariacka Street
Mariacka Gate 1937

Motława is decorated with three coats of arms: the Commonwealth, Royal Prussia and Gdansk. The coat of arms of Gdansk (placed also above the crossing from the side of Mariacka Street) has a newer form than the one on Chlebnicka Gate. It was given to the city by Kazimierz Jagiellończyk, crowning the two crosses with a royal crown.

Brama Mariacka, Długie Pobrzeże
Mariacka Gate 1903

Passing Brama Mariacka or St. Mary’s Gate from the Motława side, you enter Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka) directly to St. Mary’s Church. To make it even more “miraculous”, the street is located in the former “St Mary’s Quarter”. At that time, however, when this part of the city was called in this way, the street was called Panieńska and it was much shorter because it was not accessible to Motława due to the waterlogged area. There were numerous shoemaking workshops here.

Mariacka Gate and Mariacka Street
Mariacka Street 1894

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