Gdansk has been a prominent place in the history of Poland as it is a place where World War II started. After the World War II, Gdansk has grown into a beautiful city to become the fourth largest metropolitan area of Poland. Gdansk has numerous historic monuments, buildings and museums of which many are from the Hanseatic League.
Taking a walking tour of the city along the Royal Way is a way to get the feel of a fairy tale atmosphere of the city and makes the visit even more interesting.
Golden Gate of Gdansk is one of the must visit and notable tourist attractions. It is a part of the old city fortifications and located at one of the ends of Long Lane or Dluga Street. It is the second gate on the Royal Route and was raised in place of a gothic style 13th century gate. Golden gate was designed by Abraham van den Blocke with Dutch manner architecture for the St. George Brotherhood – a club and a social group in Gdansk. Jan Strakowski built it between the years 1612 - 1614 and became one of the gates that mark the entrance into the old city of Gdansk.
The gates are characterized by attics on both the sides and the stone sculptures adorning these attics can be traced back to 1648. The stone sculpture carvings by Piotr Ringering symbolize the qualities of the people of Gdansk. The gate has a unique gold trim which gives it a sharp and fresh look. There are four figures facing the west side or Upland Gate representing peace, wealth, fame and freedom. The four figures that face the east side/Dluga Street symbolize Concord, Piety, Reason and Justice. These symbols are allegories to the human virtues of the Gdansk people. There is a Latin Maxim that states ‘In agreement small republics grow, in disagreement great republics fall’ between these figures and the symbol of the city of Gdansk.
The gate was earlier known as Langgassentor and is the most decorative monument in the entire area. It is adjacent to the Manor of St. George, which is a late-gothic structure. The portal of the gate is slightly rotated which offers the person entering the gate an unmatched view of the Town Hall and Dluga Street. The Golden gate has been damaged on several occasions including the World War II, but it was restored to its mannerist architecture to seamlessly serve as a landmark for this beautiful city.