R E P O RTA G E S
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2001 JUNIOR AND CADET WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
By Claire Schmutz Stauffer*
From April 9 to 16, 2001, Gdansk welcomes the Juniors and Cadets from around whole the world to compete in the major event of the season: the World Championships.
stone by stone, and today has magnificent archi-
Gdansk lies in the north-west of Poland, in Pomera-
tecture, the symbol of a rich history.
with 325 km of Baltic coastline enjoying a temper-
Main points of interest
ate climate and with the Pomeranian lake district.
• The old city centre (Glowne Miasto), historic
Gdansk (formerly Danzig) has a population of
centre rich in tourist attractions. It has superb
500,000 and was one of the most powerful
Flemish façades and many museums. • Our Lady’s church, originally Catholic, became Protestant in 1572 before returning to Catholi-
The 35 km long conurbation known as Trojmiasto
Gothic and Renaissance styles, houses the Gdansk History Museum.
nia, one of the most attractive areas of the country
Hanseatic ports on the Baltic coast.
• The Town Hall (Ratusz, XIV-XVIth century), in
cism in 1945.
• The Long Market (Dlugi Targ), with the Fountain of Neptune (XVIIth century), one of the oldest monuments in Poland. • Arthus’s House (Dwor Artusa, XVth century) where the merchants formerly held his celebrations. • The Green Gate (Brama Zielona), behind which
(Three-towns) comprising Gdansk, Sopot and Gdy-
• The Main Gate (Brama Wyzynna, XVIth cen-
opens the magnificent panorama of the river
nia, makes up the major tourist centre of the whole
tury), decorated with the arms of Prussia, Poland
Motlawa, the old port and the isle of Granaries
coast and is one of the richest holiday resorts of
• The Royal Way (Trakt Krolewski), in memory of the kings of Poland. It has old middle-class
Almost totally destroyed during World War II, Gdansk was reconstructed in an extraordinary way,
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houses and sumptuous buildings. • The Golden Gate (Zlota Brama, XVIIth century).
• The quaysides, along which are found cafés, souvenir shops and jewellery shops. • Mariacka Street, paved in granite blocks. Amber “Baltic Gold”, silver, copies of old weapons,
Published on Sep 16, 2010