Upland Gate

Gdańsk, Poland

The Upland Gate was built along with the surrounding fortifications between 1571-1576. Formerly, it was the main entrance to the town. The western embankment (built up in 1573) was equipped with a basic looking brick gate building, initially devoid of any kind of decoration. It should be emphasised that this was the first gate in Gdánsk built according to the latest fortification techniques at that time. Credit for the design and overseeing of such a major defense project should be given to Hans Kramer from Dresden.

The gate, surrounded by imposing embankments was indeed difficult to break through. Opposite the main access route stood a bridge spanning a rather deep moat designed for transportation. Two other entrances were equipped with footbridges for pedestrians. A portcullis was raised at certain times in the evening.

In 1588, a brick facade was imaginatively put in by the famous sculptor Wilhelm Van Den Blocke. He created a mural composed of sculpted leaves. The imposing crest sculpture also draws the attention of tourists, on top of the main entrance is the emblem of the Republic on an oval shield held up by two angels.

In front of the Upland Gate were held ceremonies to greet Polish monarchs who visited the town. It should be noted that the first Polish leader who passed through the gate in its present form was Zygmunt III Waza.

During the second world war 1939-45, the gate suffered only minor damages and that is why today we can see this building in all its glory.



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Founded: 1571-1576
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland


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Lika Ebilashvili (14 months ago)
Great place to walk. Everything is so cosy, aesthetic and romantic. Definitely love this place with it's coloured buildings
Karthik (16 months ago)
This is the gate which leads to pedestrian way to Motlawa river. Very crowded bustling with lot of people, restaurants, eateries. Tower clock is here, basilica church is also on the side of this way, half way mark we will get Neptune fountain. You get to hear music, see paintings done in matter of few minutes, get hold of snakes around your neck etc. One can spend easily some time strolling around starting from this gate.
Malcolm Chinoy (16 months ago)
Great historical place worth seeing.
debbie stevens (16 months ago)
The old city of Gdansk was truly amazing, many of the buildings were damaged in WW2 but the fronts are wonderfully reconstructed. Would go again.
Asha Akierman (17 months ago)
Well they been doing something to it so it's hard to get the full view. As well as when you walk around you don't even spot this "Golden Gate, " it's on the wayof the other main attractions.
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