Gdańsk

Shipyard Directorate

  ul. Doki 1, Gdańsk ,   No District         25 Nov 2019
Just across the road from the BHP Building, you might recognise this large red-brick building in the background of Stanisław Składanowski's famous photo of Wałęsa being carried shoulder-high by burly colleagues after successfully negotiating the August Accords with communist leaders. Housing the shipyard offices and bosses in both the pre- and post-war periods, today it's home to the temporary offices of the European Solidarity Centre as well as those of BPTO, the developer of Young City Gdańsk. Although difficult to make out now, the area in front of the building was the shipyard parade ground where public meetings were held and crowds here have been addressed by figures as diverse as Lech Wałęsa and Nazi leader Albert Forster.

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