Gdansk is Poland’s principal seaport and the birthplace of the „Solidarity” („Solidarnosc”) movement. Its leader Lech Walesa – the laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize, played a major role in bringing an end to the communist regime. The city has a complex political history with periods of both Polish and German rule, but also extensive self-rule as The Free City of Danzig. Consequently, it is a city with a difficult history. For 1000 years it passed from the hands of the Poles into the hands of the Germans. However, even under the rule of the Polish king or the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order, Gdansk always had its privileges. Due to its advantageous position in the heart of the Baltic, Gdańsk quickly became one of the most important trading cities in the region.
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Gdansk Main City
Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970
European Solidarity Centre
Artus Court in Gdansk
Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary