Photographer's Note

View of the Convent Gate and the old city of Torun.

The Convent Gate, also called the Holy Spirit Gate, was erected in the 14th century as one of four gates leading into Toruń from the Vistula River port. Despite slight modifications, the gate has been preserved in its original form of a gothic gate tower with three ogival recesses.

The name of the gate is derived from the Bernardine Convent of the Holy Spirit which used to stand by the riverside and was destroyed during the Swedish invasion in mid-17th century. According to an old legend, a kind-hearted young nun called Katarzynka (Katherine) who once lived there in the time of a terrible starvation, found barrels full of gingerbread dough in the convent’s vaults. The gingerbread baked from the dough saved the lives of thousands of Toruń townsfolk and brought fame and recognition to the nun as Katarzynki, the most famous Toruń delicacy in the shape of six joined circles, was named after her.

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Viewed: 1970
Points: 64
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Additional Photos by Piotr FG (PiotrF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5827 W: 2 N: 11636] (54224)
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