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Cathedral and park – two pearls of Gdansk Oliva

In the second half of summer, a huge number of tourists gather in Gdansk, Poland …

Cathedral and park – two pearls of Gdansk Oliva

This is facilitated by the beginning of the swimming season, it is short in the Baltic, usually from the end of July until the twentieth of August, and the St. Dominic’s Fair, timed to coincide with this time, is a grandiose event that annually gathers several million tourists, Poles and foreigners in Gdansk.

Vibrant fair events, noisy multilingual crowds of people often lead tourists to think about a quiet and contemplative vacation, and many go to Oliva. This area of ​​Gdansk, quiet and green, is located in the northern part of the city, on the border with Sopot. Oliva, surrounded by greenery in the summer, is beautiful in itself; it has a good beach, a zoo, many shady corners, alleys, public gardens (they are also called parks in Polish), fountains, and many beautiful old buildings. You can relax, but you can not miss the two main Olive attractions: the Basilica of the Cathedral and the famous Olivsky Park. They are located almost nearby, you can get to the cathedral and the park from the city center by car along the main transport route of Gdansk – Grunwald Alley, or by tram.

Gdańsk Main Highway – Grunwald Alley

Basilica
The Cathedral Basilica in the name of the Holy Trinity, the Virgin Mary and St. Bernard (this is the official name of the Cathedral in Oliva) during World War II was lucky: it was almost not destroyed. All 23 marble altars survived, in the Rococo and Baroque styles, made at different times by artists and sculptors from different countries. And most importantly, the magnificent organ of the work of the monk Johann Wilhelm Wolfe, which he created for almost a quarter of a century, from 1763 to 1788, survived.

Basilica – Cathedral in Oliva.

Access to the Cathedral is free, photographing is allowed, the only problem is the abundance of material for shooting. The interior of the temple is incredibly luxurious, photographing each painting, sculpture, carved wood panel in one visit is physically impossible, this is a work for several days, or even weeks. Therefore, when examining a snow-white temple with picturesque “spots” of ebony, one has to pity to pass by any next masterpiece.

Outside, the Cathedral is also surprisingly majestic. The building in Oliva is mainly two-three-story, two sharp and thin Gothic towers of the central facade are visible almost everywhere. Which, by the way, helps visitors to Olivsky Park to orient themselves.

Basilica – Cathedral in Oliva.

A park
Olivsky park bears the name of Adam Mickiewicz, in one of the corners of the park there is a monument to an outstanding Polish poet. There is no entertainment infrastructure inherent in modern city parks – a playground, cafes, restaurants and other similar institutions are placed outside the fence. This is an oasis of silence and contemplation, only trees, bushes, flower beds, lawns, as well as ponds, tiny canals, a waterfall. And the birds – swans, ducks …. All this creates a unique atmosphere of peace and harmony, you involuntarily forget that you are in a huge modern metropolis.

It is better to walk around the Olivsky park without a specific route, then small discoveries will be waiting for you around each turn, behind each tree. For example, a small waterfall – it is located so that you can not notice it behind a dense shrub, but they give out the voices of children splashing in its streams. Or the “whisper grotto”, two small artificial caves with an acoustic “focus”, you can enter one of them and speak in a whisper, your voice will be clearly heard in the farthest place of the other cave.

The creators of the park, the Cistercian monks, paid tribute to the classical park culture. Next to the Palace of the Abbots, a historical and architectural monument of the 18th century, there is a French-style square with flower beds, neatly trimmed curly grasses and shrubs. One of the sections of the park is dedicated to Japanese landscape gardening, there is also a palm garden, closed from the Baltic weather.

Olivsky park named after Adam Mickiewicz.

Entrance to the park is free, you can enter from the noisy, clogged with cars of the Grunwald Alley, and from the side of the old Catholic cemetery. Pay attention to the signs on the trees – among them there are guests from all over the world, you can also meet our taiga fellow countrymen. And be sure to sit down on one of the benches – the atmosphere of the Olivian Park is conducive to relaxation and calm thoughts.

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