Wisloujscie Fortress

 

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A unique monument of the fortification works, Wisloujscie Fortress, is located in direct proximity to the Westerplatte peninsula. This was an important area from a strategic point of view, as the movement of ships entering and leaving Gdansk harbour could be controlled from this place.


The former Gdansk harbour was located on the Motlawa river, a few kilometres from the seashore, which made Wisloujscie a key place protecting Gdansk from the sea and protecting the city and harbour from a surprise enemy attack. Its strategic importance was appreciated long ago. It is quite possible that a guard post was already located there under the reign of the Pomeranian dukes. Over the following years, constant building, often by prominent fortification engineers of the time, steadily enlarged the fortress. It withstood several sieges and was often used to accommodate visiting royalty.



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