Dlugie Pobrzeze before storm, Gdansk
Gdańsk is a Polish city on the Baltic coast, at the centre of the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area. The city lies on the southern edge of Gdańsk Bay (of the Baltic Sea), in a conurbation with the city of Gdynia, spa town of Sopot, and suburban communities, which together form a metropolitan area called the Tricity (Trójmiasto), with a population of over 800,000. Gdańsk itself has a population of 455,830 (June 2010), making it the largest city in the Pomerania region of Northern Poland.
Długie Pobrzeżę is one of the more characteristic places in Gdansk. It a long street with a canal in the middle, a rather rare sight even in the port city of Gdansk. The Crane (in the centre of the photo) over the Motlawa River is the most characteristic and unmistaken symbol of Gdansk. Back in the Middle Ages it was the largest port crane in Europe handling cargo and putting up ship masts. It also served as an uncommon city gate. The reconstructed driving mechanism inside, still in working condition, is an immense wooden wheel originally propelled by men literally walking in it. Today the majestic Crane, a fine specimen of the historic port facilities, sets an excellent background for the rich collection of the National Maritime Museum.
A thousand-year history, a location at the crossroads of important commercial and communication routes, an extensive port and mercantile traditions - all this makes Gdańsk a meeting place of many cultures, nationalities and denominations.
The first written mention of Gdańsk comes from 997. The defensive and urban complex as well as a port started to really form in the second half of the 10th century.
The dynamic development of trade, fishery and craft guilds soon pushed the city to the leading position in Pomerania. It maintained this even despite being taken over by the Teutonic Knights in 1308. The city continued to develop dynamically. Joining the League of Hanseatic Cities (in 1361) and the fast development of the port are just some of the factors contributing to the strong position of Gdańsk in Europe.
Although after the defeat of the Teutonic Order near Grunwald the city voted for the Polish king, it did not return to Poland until 1457 when King Kazimierz Jagiellończyk incorporated Gdańsk into the Crown and, in recognition of the merits of Gdańsk burghers, granted Gdańsk numerous privileges, thus starting a three-hundred-year period of prosperity.
The following years are traditionally called the "golden age." During this time Gdańsk was one of the wealthiest and most significant cities in Europe. The religious freedom gained in the 16th century turned the city into a true melting pot of nationalities and denominations, giving it yet another stimulus for development, thanks to the specific "community of differences." It was one of the few such places in the world at the time.
This prosperity was checked by the Swedish wars and partitions of Poland in the 18th century. The city was cut off from Poland and in 1793 it was annexed to Prussia. What followed was a period of slow decline, the gloomiest in its history, interrupted but for a while by the Napoleonic wars.
In 1919, the Free City of Gdańsk was established under the Treaty of Versailles, which brought the city back to the elite of European ports. Unfortunately, in 1933 Nazis took power and fascist terror started to escalate in the city.
On 1 September 1939, at around 4.30 in the morning, it was here, in Gdańsk, that the Second World War started with shots fired from the battleship Schleswig-Holstein. It was a time of bravery and martyrdom of its citizens. The heroic fighting in Westerplatte and the martyrdom of the defenders of the Polish Post Office opened a new, tragic chapter in the history of Gdańsk. (Source: Gdansk & wikipedia)
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besnard (55465) 2011-08-01 1:07
Un ciel menaçant qui donne une luminosité particulière et intéressante au cliché. L'image est profonde et les immeubles ont une architecture très intéressante.
Je te souhaite une bonne journée.
mauro61 (52855) 2011-08-01 1:08
una bella cartolina ripresa dal porto di questa città con la quale trasmetti tutta l'atmosfera del momento.
POV come sempre curato e perfettamente ripreso,
Ilducabianco (940) 2011-08-01 2:01
excellent POV to depict one of most beautiful town of Northern Europe.Interesting each of its many details, above all the crane-gate (really impossible don't notice its oddity).The considerable depth allow us to enjoy even more beauties giving onto this canal.It's truly nice and interesting.
SnapRJW (31629) 2011-08-01 2:20
Hello George - A very good composition gives us a great feel for the atmosphere and architecture of the old port area. Interesting juxtaposition of old and new lifestyles but I can see the harbour-side is as busy as it must have been when those cranes were in use ... commerce of a different type. The colours are really pleasing and an image of good quality. warm regards Rosemary
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-08-01 2:29
What a spectacular shot of this port with beautiful architectural details captured to the perfection. The grey sky enhances the image's beauty. Superb colors and sharpness. And nice to see you back.
bema (26407) 2011-08-01 2:58
think this is the starting point for a new series of pictures? so you have been in costal poland this summer, must have been a "wet" vacation or joruney.. and you beautiful capture proves this, first a splendid city capture, and secon it looks like the rain is starting soon afterwards..
have a nice week, see you soon, warmest regards, Bernd
ifege (10367) 2011-08-01 2:59
Superb one George
Great colour for the buildings with impressive storm clouds above. Love it!
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-08-01 3:18
Beautiful setting of Gdanks's port, with the ships and the sky that threatens storm.
The light creates a very special atmosphere.
Beautiful colors and brightness.
snunney (92542) 2011-08-01 3:48
The point of view is very well chosen to provide this lovely perspective along the canal. The dark threat sky makes a splendid backdrop for the charming architecture. I like also the presence of the two boats that counterbalance one another. Clarity is very good indeed.
dta (73021) 2011-08-01 4:42
Hello George ,
This is a superb post card of Gdansk . But this is especially beautiful with this cloudy grey sky .
Sergiom (70616) 2011-08-01 4:56
Cela faisait un petit bout que tu étais absent. Le canal donne une belle profondeur à l'image et guide le regard vers le vieux bateau à voile et cette belle ville à l'architecture originale toute en hauteur.
Kielia (24077) 2011-08-01 5:03
there are already a lot of images of this interesting cityscape here but you have found a unique POV and then you were so lucky concerning the weather! Very beautiful light and an attractive sky. The colors are beautiful. My compliments, also for the informative notes!
francio64 (39784) 2011-08-01 5:29
how are you?
Bella immagine dalla Polonia, con un cielo che minaccia tempesta, ma che rende corposa la composizione.
Ottima la profondità e grande nitidezza.
TFS! Have a nice day!
JFS (32459) 2011-08-01 5:32
What a lovely shot! It looks like a painting...Interesting architecture and great atmosphere.
dkmurphys (54485) 2011-08-01 5:55
Very picturesque shot, a splendid postcard from that beautiful port city. Nice atmosphere, well captured.
Have a nice afternoon.
npecanhuk (72044) 2011-08-01 5:58
Very interesting harbor atmosphere here with truly attractive architectural details in its surroundings!
Very beautiful picture with excellent photo quality!
TFS - congrats,
holmertz (47100) 2011-08-01 6:22
The buildings along the waterfront are beautiful and impressive. You have combined them with some of the traffic on the water in an elegant view. The combination of dark clouds and a strong light is fascinating.
Gerrit (51684) 2011-08-01 7:07
Looks quite familiar for a dutchman, this historic site of Gdansk.
Excellent composition and good exposure.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-08-01 7:38
welcome back, this is a wonderful image of what looks like a fascinating and beautiful place. Amazing character and all captured so perfectly. Excellent!
Have a great week - regards Brian.
bona (13636) 2011-08-01 7:58
great photo of this river and the architecture arround. The old style ship is amazing.
vasilpro (41187) 2011-08-01 8:33
Superb composition, wonderful cloudy atmosphere, excellent light management, lovely colors, great clarity and contrast, beautiful city view, excellent POV.
Have a nice month, Vasilis.
danos (92602) 2011-08-01 10:06
very nice presentation of this part of the city with the architectural style of the houses of the waterfront to be superb.I like the creative perspective as the clarity of the image.Well done.
Cricri (113605) 2011-08-01 10:31
Un autre beau voyage que vous avez fait!!
Belle vue sur le fleuve, le contraste des bateaux, une architecture très belle et intéressante, le tout sous un ciel menaçant et qui donne une atmosphère particulière a l'endroit, belle présentation
cornejo (37697) 2011-08-01 11:03
György greetings. A very pretty picture of this beautiful city with a lively promenade and lovely boats. A picture is technically very good, good and beautiful work, congratulations. Have a good day, thanks for sharings.
baddori (20069) 2011-08-01 12:42
Danzica mi ha spinto a guardare altre foto su TE ...bellissima e bella gente .
Il porto quasi dentro la città ...un vero gioiello
da guardare ed ammirare .
Ottima visione e condivisione
macjake (63172) 2011-08-01 13:05
great to see you return to TE!
looking at this, it somehow reminds me a little bit of Copenhagen.
the stormy clouds give a great atmosphere to the overall scene. good sense of depth, sharpness, and composition.
being canadian, looking at this -- it truly has an European flavor!
jjcordier (79289) 2011-08-01 21:50
Comme un peu partout en Europe cet été, tu as eu un ciel très chargé en Pologne mais cela t'a permis de réaliser cette belle photo du port de Gdansk aux jolis tons et très bien composée. Les bâtiments à gauche de l'image sont très beaux et ce superbe bateau est un attrait supplémentaire.
emka (89373) 2011-08-01 23:42
Welcome to Poland! It is a very classic postcard of Gdansk, with the old Cran (Zuraw) on the Motlawa River, but well presented. Excellent composition and nice colours in spite of the unfavorable weather. Well done!
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-08-02 5:49
Ola George ,
Linda esta cidade junto deste rio , os detalhes dos edifícios são lindos , belos trabalho de arquitetura , gostei muito do céu nublado deu dramatismo ao lugar , bonitos reflexos ,parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
siamesa (28105) 2011-08-03 7:44
Bom dia George
This architectural style of these houses is marvelous.
A very atractive composition.Very well captured.
matylda76 (155) 2011-08-03 10:05
Hallo George, witaj Jerzy
as I can see you did some fotos of my city, really you took picture of most visited place; I like your colours, nice image and you captured true atmosphere of D³ugie Pobrze¿e in Gdañsk, even outcomming storm didn't mattered on this shot;
well done; pozdrawiam Karolina
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Gdansk [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-08-01 0:56