St. Hyacinth Tower

Gdańsk, Poland

In front of the Market Hall is the tall octagonal Hyacinthus' Tower, one of the remnants of the medieval fortifications. It was built around 1400 and, apart from its defensive role, it also served as a watchtower. Today it houses a photo shop.

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Pańska 1/2, Gdańsk, Poland
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Founded: c. 1400
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland

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