Artus Court

  Długi Targ 43/44, Gdańsk ,   Old Town          (+48) 58 573 31 28     10 Jun 2024
First constructed in the mid-14th century, this impressive mansion remains symbolic of the city's power in the 16th and 17th centuries. It served as an exchange and as the seat of St. George and the brotherhoods of rich patricians. Founded as a meeting place for merchants and dignitaries, it was named after King Arthur, of round table fame, and hosted many a noble guest. Following a fire in 1841, it was given a more Gothic form, complete with ostentatious sculptures and paintings illustrating man's merits and vices. Today the building can be visited as a branch of the Museum of Gdańsk. Inside, the centrepiece of the main hall is a 10.64-metre Renaissance tiled stove dating to 1546, made of more than 500 individual tiles and the tallest of its kind in Europe. Its adornments portray leaders, coats of arms and allegorical figures. Just to the left is a small pewter surface that claims to be the oldest table in Poland while two stone lions protect the entrance to the cellars of the court. The court still plays an important part in public life today and is the scene of important receptions and meetings.
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Average visiting time: 30mins.


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