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Gdansk University of Technology - Main Building

A thousand-year history, a location at the crossroads of important trade and communication routes, an extensive port - all of this has made Gdańsk a place of many cultures, nationalities and denominations.

History is etched in Gdansk. The city´s fortifications are perfectly preserved and rank among the biggest in Europe. The place is a pearl of bourgeois architecture, boasting beautiful houses and a unique market. Its Old Town has plenty of cozy streets and Gothic churches.

The two most known symbols of the city are: the Neptune´s fountain in the main Długa Street (which is a perfect meeting spot) and the large 14th century crane overlooking the Motlowa River. They are within the walking distance of each other.

When talking about the city, one cannot forget the shipyard, in which the Solidarity movement lead by Lech Walesa originated, leading to the end of communism in Poland in 1989.

Gdansk is also famous for its amber. Here, you will be spoiled for choice when you shop for amber souvenirs. You can choose anything from tiny amber earrings to necklaces crafted from heavy carved amber beads.

Gdansk and its neighboring cities, Sopot and Gdynia, form the so-called Tri-city. From the Ports of Gdansk or Gdynia one can take a ferry trip to Sweden. It is also in Gdansk where some of the European Football Championship games, commonly referred to as EURO 2012, will take place.

Culture


The thousand-year history was not only a time of merchants but also artists who still abound in the city. Gdansk has enjoyed centuries long theatre and opera traditions and today has plenty of modern cinemas offering a wide choice of productions for film lovers.

Some of the most popular cultural events in the summer time include:

  • Gdańsk Musical Summer (July-August) - A series of classical music concerts given by world celebrities in the breathtaking scenery of the amphitheatre on the Motlawa River.
  • International Festival of Organ Music at the Oliwa Cathedral (July-August) - Time honored as well as the latest compositions of organ music played by world-famous virtuosos.
  • FETA International Festival of Open Air and Street Theatre (mid-July) - Miniature and large-scale theatrical performances in the authentic scenery of the historic Gdańsk lanes. www.feta.pl
  • ‘Baltic Sail´ International Sailing Rally (late July) - A colourful festival of the sails in the historic heart of Gdańsk: regattas, tall ship parades, and a shanty festival.
  • Shakespearean Festival (first ten days of August) - An international review of most interesting productions of the unmatched plays by the Master of Stratford.
  • Carillon Festival (first decade of August) - The Gdansk Carillon Festival is the only event of its kind in Poland, for Gdansk is the only Polish town to boast two such precious sets of carillons (bells): one in the Main Town Hall, the other in St. Catherine's Church. It is an overview of rich Baroque and contemporary music literature written for the carillon.
  • St Dominic's Fair (the first three weeks of August) - A brilliantly popular ‘fiesta a-la Gdańsk´ originating in the 13th century offers a rich programme of cultural events, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world. You can buy hand-made crafts here, antiques, books, music records and of course Gdansk´s famous amber.

Education

Gdansk is a well-known academic city in Poland. It has a number of Universities ranking highly in Poland and in Europe. The University of Gdansk is a Polish university with one of the largest number of international students. The Medical University of Gdansk is very popular not only among Polish students, but is also Alma Mater for many Swedish students. Gdansk University of Technology has the best Oceanography Studies in the country.

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