The Green Gate (Brama Zielona) is one of the city's most notable tourist attractions. With the Golden Gate and the Highland Gate, the Green Gate spans the Long Market and Long Street, together comprising the Royal Route. The Green Gate was clearly inspired by the Antwerp City Hall. It was built 1568-1571 as the formal residence of Poland's monarchs. It is a masterpiece by Regnier (or Reiner van Amsterdam), an Amsterdam architect, and reflects Flemish architectural influence in Gdańsk. Hans Kramer likely participated in its construction.

On 11-20 February 1646 the future Queen of Poland, Marie Louise Gonzaga, was entertained here. In the late 18th century the Nature Society was housed here, but soon moved to the Naturalists' House.

Today the Green Gate houses the National Museum in Gdańsk. Exhibitions, meetings, conferences and shows are held here. The Gdańsk office of former Polish President Lech Wałęsa is located in one of the rooms.

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Founded: 1568-1571
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Poland

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Oliwia Biros (7 months ago)
The Green Gate was designed by Reiner van Amsterdam and built in XVI century. It was to serve as the formal residence of Polish monarchs but was only used once for that purpose in its history.Today the Green Gate houses the National Museum. Also former Polish President and symbol of Solidarity, Lech Walesa, has his office here. There are four arched passages through this gate and there is a symbol over each one of them. This gate also marks the end of the Royal Way.
issa malki (7 months ago)
Green gate is one of the city,s Most visit tourist attraction it s located between long market and the river Motlava .It was built 1568.1571 by an Amsterdam architect son called Regnier. Green gate name in polish Brama Zielona . I recommend to visit it if you are in Gdansk its magnificent..................
Azafran Panadero (8 months ago)
Only been there for a short while as a Tour Escort. Amber Factory interesting seeing how they float the amber in water to see if genuine. Was taken by the rainwater goods on nearby buildings in shape of animals. Main Street interesting old buildings ? How did they survive the war or are they replicas ?
Brett Gottfried (8 months ago)
Fascinating old gate that greats you as you walk across the river. Past the gate leads to the main Street in old Town.
Tippawan Franklin (12 months ago)
Beautiful building and some time you could see people playing music
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