Of note is the enormous astronomical clock dating from 1464. Its complex dials show the time and date, phases of the moon, the position of the moon and sun in relation to the zodiac signs, and the calendar of saints. Each day just before 12:00 noon (11:57 to be precise) you can see the clock in action as a procession of wooden figures of the apostles goes past, followed by death, as Adam and Eve toll the hour. According to legend, the clock's creator had his eyes gouged out so he'd never make a clock better than this one. You'll hear this story about every astronomical clock in Europe, and it makes you wonder why medieval clock-makers ever accepted commissions.
The 78-metre tower, which involves climbing 405 steps, houses a viewing platform with cracking views of Gdańsk Old Town and has benefited from a 3.3 million euro renovation. In fact, it's one of our Top Instagrammable Places in Gdańsk! Speaking of renovation, works are still ongoing in various parts of the building, which are unfortunately excluded from sightseeing. Nevertheless, you will gain much from a visit there! In case of bad weather conditions, especially during storms, the tower is closed to visitors. From Fri - Sun, film screenings are held in the multimedia room, including the films: "Treasures of St. Mary's Basilica. Astronomical Clock " at 11:30 and "The History of St. Mary's Church" (Friday only at 13:00).
Open 08:00-17:30. Wed 08:00-17:00.
ul. Św. Ducha 58, Gdańsk