St. Bridget’s Church in Gdansk
The history of this church goes back to the 14th century, when, in a small chapel the remains of Bridged of Sweden laid here for several days. This event marked the beginning of the adoration of St. Bridged and few years later first Bridgettine Convent was opened in Gdansk.
Unfortunately the church was badly damaged during WW2 and was rebuilt only in the 70s.
The church become famous during the shipyard strikes in 1980 as the parish priest, Henryk Jankowski supported the strikers so the church become the sanctuary of the Solidarity Trade Union. During the next few years many famous heads of states visited St. Bridget’s Church, among others: Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Richard von Weizsäcker, François Mitterrand, Margaret Thatcher, the British Princess Anna, Edward Kennedy, the Dutch Queen Beatrix and the king of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.
These days, a new amber altar is being constructed here. It already looks amazing, but after its completion it will be even bigger than the famous Amber Room, which was also constructed by Gdansk craftsmen.
The sight is on the tour: The European Solidarity Centre guided tour
Entrance fees St. Brigida’s church in Gdansk: regular ticket 2 PLN, discount ticket 1 PLN
4 PLN is only about € 1