St Mary's Street

 

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St Mary's Street (Ulica Mariacka) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful streets of Gdansk. It leads from the St Mary's church to the Long Embankment with the Medieval St Mary's Gate. The street is an exquisite example of historic Gdansk urban planning with terraced entrances and narrow, richly decorated facades of houses which once belonged to affluent merchants and goldsmiths.


Rebuilt from the ruins that resulted from World War II, the street contains outstanding examples of traditional Gdansk architecture. The picturesque scenery of the place has always inspired writers and painters. It has also used as the scene of films. Today the street is a favourite haunt of lovers as well as tourists, most of whom are looking for picturesque subjects to photograph or browsing through the amber jewellery for which Ulica Mariacka is now celebrated. During the long summer evenings, a number of musicians provide free open-air concerts, and the welcoming street cafes stay open until late at night.



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