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Gdansk, formerly known as Danzig, is a major and historic Baltic Sea port now in the country of Poland. Gdansk changed hands many times during its history, belonging to first the Hanseatic League, under whose rule it became a leading world port in the 16th century. Since then it has belonged to the Kingdom of Poland and the Kingdom of Poland-Lithuania; Prussia; Germany; as a free city between World Wars; and finally again an independent Poland. The city's historic center was largely destroyed during World War II, but was rebuilt painstakingly in the 1950s to appear as it did in its Hanseatic heyday. Under Soviet occupation, Gdansk was also the site of the beginning of Poland's resistance to Communism, the Solidarnosc (Solidarity) movement of Lech Walensa.

One of the purpuses of the rebuilding was to recreate the facades of Gdansk houses and buildings. These were brightly colored buildings famed for their hue as well as their asymmetry - the heights of the roofs, windows and doors are always different building to building, as you can see from this block of houses behind St. Anne's Cathedral.

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  • Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 75 N: 1695] (7511)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-07-21
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/5.4, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-06-25 6:42
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