Green Gate

 

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The Renaissance Green Gate stands on the site of the most ancient gate in Gdansk, the Koga Gate. This gate was built to serve as the formal residence of Polish monarchs, but was only used for that purpose once in its history. There are four arched passages through this gate and there is a symbol over each: The eagle of the Prussian Kings, and the emblems of Poland, Gdansk, and Royal Prussia.


The gate was designed in the Mannerist style by the architect Johann Kramer from Dresden, and built in 1564-1568 by Regnier from Amsterdam. Its windows provide a magnificent view of Ulica Dlugi Targ and the town hall in one direction, and the River Motlawa and Spichlerze Island in the other. Today, the gate is managed by the Polish National Museum and is the home of a great many exhibitions and galleries. Former Polish President and symbol of Solidarity, Lech Walesa, has his office in the Green Gate and if you know the secret knock, he’ll let you in and let you try on his Nobel Peace Prize. This gate marks the end of the Royal Route, but hang a left and enjoy a stroll down the Motlawa River, or go straight over the bridge and take a look at Granary Island.



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