The Dluga Street and the Dlugi Targ Street

 

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The Dluga and Dlugi Targ Streets which are also known as Trakt Krolewski (the Royal Route) rank among the most beautiful streets in Gdansk. The wealthiest Gdansk patricians used to live there and almost every tenement house has its own interesting history to tell. The oldest preserved houses date back to the Middle Ages, but most of the buildings were erected in modern times.


Tenement houses on Dluga Street are typical Gdansk houses with narrow facades topped with gables or attics, richly decorated with coats of arms, allegoric figures and silhouettes of ancient heroes. Unfortunately when houses on Ulica Dluga were modernized in the mid-19th century, all the stepped terraces that originally fronted the entrances to the houses were removed. After the carnage of World War II, almost every building on Ulica Dluga was left in ruins. Many of the houses were later reconstructed, but only the finest buildings were rebuilt in architectural detail. The most important secular buildings - the Hall of the Main City and the Artus Court are located on Dlugi Targ Street.



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