The city of Gdansk is one of a kind. Other cities are merely similar. Its unique location and over a thousand-year history have placed Gdansk on the European map as a distinct city, with a strong and grounded position. Yet this city still hides many mysteries and thus, has that special something which makes it stand out from the rest.
Gdansk is nothing without freedom. Courage, freshness and most importantly freedom are the ingredients which mark the true tradition of Gdansk. Yet what is valued most highly by the inhabitants of Gdansk – virtue – is what has shaped and created the unique genius loci of the city. This genius loci cannot only be felt within the tenements of the Old City but also among the shipyard cranes of the Young City district, on beautiful, sandy beaches and in post-industrial halls, parks and tunnels: freedom is omnipresent in Gdansk, it is almost tangible. It inspires and transforms both space and people. This is what the inhabitants of Gdansk are like: courageous, involved, full of passion and creative. This is what modern Gdansk is like: open to new ideas, following the spirit of time, creating events, surprising all the time.
Gdansk – the city of freedom, changes its image from day to day. In the recent past, it has been the centre of events, which have changed the course of European history. August 1980 marks the dates of the strike in the Gdansk Shipyard, which was led by Lech Wałęsa and brought about the establishment of Solidarność, a great social movement, which ruled the imaginations of millions of people. These are the events which triggered freedom movements worldwide and allowed us to believe that the impossible really is possible.
The contemporary Gdańsk is a modern European metropolis, knowledge-based economy, thriving center of culture, science, entertainment and sport, an attractive tourist destination and world capital of amber. (…)
The beginnings of Gdansk go back to the year 980. Shortly before the Easter of the year 997 the Bishop appeared here (…) Wojciech, also known under the name of Adalbert. Soon he was killed by the pagan Prussians, and his life and death were described by Benedictine monk (…) Jan Kanapariusz. It was recorded words urbs Gydannyzc – referring to the city of Gdansk, where the saint had to baptise a large number of converts. This is the first written mention of the city on the Motława River.
A castle-town system, and also port system began to take shape in earnest in the second half of the tenth century. In Gdansk, ruled by the dynasty of Pomeranian princes, native Slavic people coexisted with ever greater numbers arriving from the west merchants and craftsmen. (…)
The old, very rich and an important in Europe Gdańsk – a city of many nationalities, different cultures, religions and languages, the most international of all the cities of the Republic of Poland, was a unique community of diversity. Writers blame him for cosmopolitanism and arrogance terms of Polish kings. But in the face of danger (…) the city, regardless of sacrifice and renunciation was able to find firm resistance. (…)
Gdansk people has always enjoyed the opinion of defiant people who do not easy allow to enslave. It was said that they are tough and haughty in relation to each oppressor. Gdansk invariably, the whole post-war period, has remained synonymous with freedom aspirations and aspirations of Poles. (…)
Widely open to the world Gdańsk was over its long history, the city throughout Europe. “Nec temere, nec timide” what means “without fear, but with caution” how quote the old Latin sentence, placed on a large coat of arms. History has come full circle. Today, Gdańsk, as in the past, is full of life again and again, remembering the past, building its own identity.