Stormy Gdansk with the Granary Island (in the foreground)
Once joined to the mainland, Granary (Spichlerze) Island was created when the New Motława
Canal was dug in 1576. A centre of trade developed here at the end of the 13th
century. What was then a relatively small number of granaries had grown to more
than 300 by the 16th century. Each granary had a name and each façade was
decorated with an individual emblem. The purpose of digging the canal, and thus
of surrounding the district with water, was not only to protect the granaries
against fire but also to safeguard their contents against thieves.
Everything was destroyed in 1945. Today a main road bisects the island, and the
charred stumps that can still be seen in many places are all that remain of the
granaries. The name signs on some ruins – such as Arche Noah (“Noah’s Ark”) on
Ulica Żytnia (“Wheat Street”) – remain legible. Reconstruction began several
years ago. The first granaries to be rebuilt were those between the Motława and
Ulica Chmielna (“Hop Street”). One of them is now the headquarters of ZUS, the
Polish social security organization. Restoration of a group of buildings on
Ulica Stągiewna was completed in 1999. Two 16th-century Gothic castle keeps,
survivors of World War II, are in this street. They are known as the Stągwie
Mleczne (“Milk Churns”).
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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snunney (104729) 2011-08-15 1:22
This area of the city must have been quite imposing at it height. I like the point of view here and the layered effect with the grandiose architecture in the background. The weather did not behave but there is still much detail to be seen in the sky. Pleasing soft light and muted tones.
sandpiper (6788) 2011-08-15 2:08
Another really impressive image from your collection. Love the POV and processing to bring out the angry sky and tones. Great architecture. Well done
besnard (57102) 2011-08-15 2:12
Le ciel incertain donne un certain charme aux jolies constructions colorées. Tu as cadré l'ensemble de main de maître.
Bravo et bonne journée.
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-08-15 2:13
Beautiful cityscape with a great POV.
I like the skyline of the Granary island, cut on the stormy sky.
Very nice composition with beautiful colors.
mkamionka (39533) 2011-08-15 2:37
this is a fantastic city view. I have never seen it before. Very original and spectacular POV showing so many aspects of the town. I like the variety of architecture, the composition is so rich.
Great having the water aspect in the foreground and the stormy sky is the icing on the cake.
I have experienced a real jaw dropping seeing it,
Have a good day,
Guenther (10915) 2011-08-15 2:57
I find the somber atmosphere matches perfectly with the great architecture and the beautiful green foreground... a very pleasent shot!
Have a nice day
jhm (157892) 2011-08-15 3:34
We see clear the ruin presumably out of the WAR II, indeed Poland is through the Germans very bad treated.
Your picture is very well, we see the city in background.
Composition and presentation are excellent taken.
Very well colors, nice done, TFS.
holmertz (57389) 2011-08-15 4:27
This is a superb collection of towers and old buildings of various conditions. There is a wonderful balance of rusty brown against green, and especially the bright green building in the middle stands out among the rest. The composition is very cleverly balanced with the narrow stretch of water at the bottom and the dark clouds at the top. The light management is first class.
JFS (32459) 2011-08-15 4:40
Dramatic shot of amazing colors, melting pot of architectures and a splendid POV. Thanks George!
elkab (4951) 2011-08-15 5:03
Extraordinary and magical scene on my favorit citi Gdansk (of course Cracow is the best) with perfect colors and light. Excellent sharpness and composition (each element of the shot in the right place).
dta (81084) 2011-08-15 5:10
Hello George ,
This is a splendid point of view on this outstanding part of the city . And what a strong atmosphere , created by the lush green FG and the cloudy weather !
s65 (259) 2011-08-15 5:25
Bardzo ładnie pokazany Gdańsk i fajne kolory.
Sergiom (86039) 2011-08-15 5:37
Cette belle image de Gdansk possčde ine texture hallucinante. Le détails dans toutes les portions de l'image sont impeccables et les couleurs bien mises en valeur.
SnapRJW (31629) 2011-08-15 8:36
Hello George - An impressive array of architectural styles marking out the history of your location. I am struck by the greens in this shot, the verdant FG but more especially the green gabled building which strands out really well against the warm-toned brickwork. Best regards Rosemary
limielski (0) 2011-08-15 9:38
I can say only: wonderful, beautiful, wow! Excellent colors, POV and harmony of the whole image
siamesa (28123) 2011-08-15 13:04
Boa tarde George
Just lovely. I love this photo with these houses that seem some setting of faity tale. Marvelous composition.
bukitgolfb301 (44279) 2011-08-15 13:26
Hi my dear George
Another fantastic and artstic image !!!
Marvelous amd outstanding color touch, do you use a new soft? Nice framework and very organized composition as usual. Gray clouds are so attarctive and good effect.
Thanks for your sharing nice work and have a good new start of a week!
Takero from heat Tokyo (thses 9 days continue 35℃ or more)
npecanhuk (76927) 2011-08-15 17:36
A wonderful painting-like photograph!
The place is gorgeous and you did such an oustanding job here!
Chosen pov, colors, exposure, horizontal format, level of sharpness, black & white borders, contrasts and composition are all excellent and certainly pleased me a lot!
TFS - congrats,
macjake (71059) 2011-08-15 22:19
I have to admit, your photos are one of the first one's i check to see...you always have great compositions of cityscapes!
and its because of you that I now want to visit Poland.
as mentioned, the composition is fantastic, with the tightly squeezed buildings stuck together inside the frame.
hope to see more.
RhodieIke (11744) 2011-08-15 22:32
Hi George, What a super photo of this scene in Gdansk, love the green in fg, to give a soft approach to the fantastic buildings, love all the different Architecture,mix with the old, and then years to follow's buildings, Fantastic, Well done, have a good day, Cheers Iain.
jjcordier (79297) 2011-08-15 23:36
Une vision différente de Gdansk mais tout aussi intéressante que les précédentes. Ce "mélange" de nature et d'architecture donne une photo vraiment belle avec une belle harmonie de teintes et une jolie lumičre.
Graal (103038) 2011-08-16 0:15
Jó napot George,
amazing glance on Gdansk from fine POV. Nice old architecture. Fine effect on sky, stormy clouds. Good shot and presentation.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (62855) 2011-08-16 13:30
A splendid composition. Nature trying to take over. Spectacular old city capture, well seen.
Have a good night.
cornejo (45432) 2011-08-17 5:08
György Helló, szép capture e gyönyörű város, nagyon jó kompozíció jól sikerült, kiváló és jó munkát is végzett, gratulálok. Jó napot, köszönöm megosztása egy ilyen szép munkát.
vasilpro (41661) 2011-08-18 11:23
I was away from my PC for few days and I lost that superb composition, lovely light and colors, beautiful stormy atmosphere, very good sharpness and contrast, interesting architecture, very nice framework.
Warm regards, Vasilis.
Silvio1953 (150289) 2011-08-18 14:28
Ciao George, great view of fantastich architecture, superb Grey sky, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-08-19 16:07
Truly a picturesque shot with those different architectural buildings. I like the greenery in the foreground and the green building in the back, Superb colors and sharpness.
COSTANTINO (68194) 2011-08-30 12:50
this is a fantastic point of view,amazing
and impressive,great pov
I like the skyline with grey clouds
and generally this composition is
welldone and wellseen
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Gdansk [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-08-15 1:17