Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka)

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Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka)

Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka)
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Sopot, Poland9,378 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Locally known as simply Mariacka Street runs from St. Mary's Basilica to the Motława River. It was badly damaged during WWII as all Old Town, though unlike other streets in Gdansk which were reconstructed with new materials, ul. Mariacka was pieced back together with salvaged-debris from elsewhere in the neighbourhood. The most notable relics on this street are the ornate gargoyle rain gutters on the gabled terraced houses, known locally as "Rzygacze" - "Spewers".
Gdańsk is the amber capital of Poland and you will see many stalls selling this curious mineral all over Tri-city. However, ul. Mariacka is where you can find the most knowledgable and prestigious amber dealers.
This short street is one of my favourite in Gdańsk. It can be very crowdy but I like especially during late evening when it is dark.
Written March 21, 2021
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11,037 contributions
Aug 2019
A wonderful charming street is crowned with St. Mary's Basilica from the west, and St. Mary's Gate from the east. A very climatic place. One of the prettiest streets in Gdansk. Full of spots where you can buy amber jewelry. There is also lots of antique shops here.So, it is beautiful location to buy amber, silver, gifts and souvenirs here. You can also see gargoyles that still play their role in draining water.
A wonderful, magical place with a unique atmosphere. This is the quintessence of old Gdansk. A place where time slows down and our senses go crazy. Perfect for shooting. A very interesting place.
Written June 7, 2020
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Vilnius, Lithuania730 contributions
Feb 2020
Just follow the instructions in my title and you will be satisficed. One look at any photo should convince you that this is a must see street, but let me indulge. Ornate, smartly decorated terraces and porches filled with cafes, bars and shops line the thin street. Each offering a nook or cranny to sneak away into, and find a souvenir or refreshment. Attracting less people than the surrounding streets, albeit busy nonetheless. Tunnel of fun? One might call it that, at least a tunnel of visual splendor.
Written December 22, 2020
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Tom J
London, UK1,376 contributions
Nov 2019
Having spent a weekend strolling the old town of Gdansk exploring all of the small side streets in what felt like -4 conditions, there was no better street that we come across than Mariacka street. It is full charm that cannot be replicated elsewhere in Gdansk. There are some very interesting streets with colourful buildings but Mariacka has that something special. It is THE place to buy Amber if you are looking for that special souvenir from the Baltic coast, and by buying it from one of the specialists on this street you can be sure of what you are buying and not getting the wrong thing from a generic souvenir shop!

Get to the street early AM for a more personal feel to it without the hoards of tourists.
Written January 7, 2020
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Whitstable, UK102 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a beautiful street with the most amazing architecture. The tall houses are just gorgeous with huge steps up to each which are adorned eitherside with gargoyles, pillars, or a feature of some sort. If you like amber this is also the street for you as it is lined with many jewellery shops all selling high quality amber.
Written February 16, 2020
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UK635 contributions
Dec 2019
This street is so 'olde worlde', like something from a Harry Potter movie. There is so much detail in the architecture, all the tall houses have unique and quirky details, especially the drainpipes!
So many photo opportunities, I just loved it. There are loads of Amber shops where we spent some time looking and selecting gifts to take home. The ladies who served us in the shops were lovely, helpful and not at all pushy. A rewarding shopping experience for someone who hates shopping!
This street was somewhere we wandered a few times and had a charm all of it's own.
Written January 16, 2020
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Marco M
Gothenburg, Sweden326 contributions
Jul 2021
This place is quite charming and kind of secluded from the other areas with more people. A few cafes and restaurant here are recommended, if nothing else for the atmosphere. An exceptional and not at all busy restaurant round the corner of the street, to the left when reaching the church.
Written July 31, 2021
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London, UK177 contributions
Jan 2013 • Family
Above says it all, so quaint, and on a cold winters night, quite haunting, but very beautiful. Walk from the river to the top towards St Marys Church. We stayed at Gotyk House last building on the left
Written January 17, 2013
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Vancouver, Canada1,655 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
I enjoyed seeing the "vomiting" gargoyles on the porches of the row houses on Mariacka Street. Each row house has a water drain on either side of the house extending downwards from the roofline to the porch balustrade on top of which sits the gargoyle. This gargoyle looks like a crocodile with its mouth open showing its sharp teeth, but if you look carefully there is a pipe in the middle of the mouth through which water will pour out onto the street when it rains. These gargoyles add interest while strolling along this short, narrow, residential street, 2 blocks over from the old town square and parallel to it.

The Flemish styled rowhouses on both sides of this cobbled street have raised porches at their entry which serve as a patio. Each porch is screened in with a low concrete wall for privacy from neighbors across the way. These walls have beautiful floral designs, lounging Greek goddesses, or swags embedded in them. Usually pots of summer annuals are on display on the stairs leading to the porches which further enhance the appearance of this street. Also, all of the porches seem to have distinct railings and end posts - some look like cannon balls others like pedestals.

During the daytime, the shop owners on the ground floors display their amber jewellery in glass cases beside the porches. Expect this street to be crowded until late afternoon as tourists are drawn to it and Mariacka is a narrow street to begin with - more like a lane for residents' use.

In the early evening the magic of this street is gone - the shops have closed, the tourists have all disappeared - that is a good time to take a street photo. The colorful Flemish styled row houses are attractive and well maintained unlike those on Chlebnicka, but no outstanding facades. Mariacka street ends at St. Marys Church where a couple of patio cafes are available for refreshments.

One way to easily find Mariacke street is to walk through the Mariacka Gate on the waterfront promenade. This 15th century red brick gate has one narrow arched opening like the other watergates, but is distinguished by the plain grey bas-reliefs of 3 coats of arms over the arch. On the arch facing Mariacka Street is the colorful emblem of Gdansk - 2 gold lions hold a red shield with a gold crown and white crosses on it. The Mariacka Gate is in the vicinity of the Archaeological Museum which has 3 stone rock carvings - the Prussian hags- placed in front of it on the promenade.

Attractive Mariacka Street should be included in any circuitous walking route in the old town. A stroll along this narrow, short lane takes under 5 minutes.
Written July 27, 2018
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Los Gatos, California87 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
This narrow street surrounded by wonderfully restored medieval to early modern houses is atmospheric with St Mary's church at the west and the St Mary's (Mariacka) Gate to the waterfront at the east end. The ground floor and cellar of most houses are now shops for craft and amber sales. The street was crowded in July. Although the street is reputed to be one of the best in Gdansk, I looked at the most attractive buildings and then left. It was too much like a shopping mall for my tastes, which enjoyed the quieter adjacent streets much more. I did like the waterfront, however, even though it was also crowded in July--the high tourist time.
Written January 26, 2017
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