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Mariacka Street is considered to be one of the most beautiful and cozy streets in Gdansk, and a wonderful example of Old Gdansks architecture with its one of a kind gabled town houses, ornate rain gutters and cobble stone pavement. Old photos in the town hall show that this street was completely flattened during the war except for the steps of each of the properties which survived. Reconstruction was superbly done and the street has all the old world atmosphere it must have had pre-destruction. It really impresses with richly decorated tenement houses once belonging to rich traders and goldsmiths and currently housing a number of beautiful jewelry shops, displaying some of the finest amber in the world, and some lovely cafes with gorgeous coffees and cakes and street musicians that you never want to leave. One of the oldest houses (1451) has been transformed into a comfortable old styled guest house : the Gotyk House. According to the legend, this is the house where Nicholas Copernicus and his secret mistress Anna Schilling met and fell in love. The street is relatively narrow and it sometimes gives impression its full of people. Thats why we visited this street early before crowds to arrive as it is a very touristy place. It is dominated by the largest brick church in the world - St. Mary's church, which you can see in the BG.

See another view of this street in the WS.

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