St. Bridget's Church (Kosciol sw. Brygidy)

St. Bridget's Church (Kosciol sw. Brygidy)

St. Bridget's Church (Kosciol sw. Brygidy)
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Mougan74
Glasgow, UK13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I am Catholic, so I know how to behave in a Catholic church. I'm also an artist, so I paint and make stained glass all the time. I'm appreciative of other artists.

I was looking at the amber, standing still and not doing anything. He came up to me and said 'show some respect'. I was doing nothing disrespectful.

When he was speaking to me he said 'you don't understand' around 5 times and sniggering. I understood everything almost perfectly. He pointed out the tabernacle. I clearly understood what that is, being Catholic.

He said you don't pay to see the alter. This is where the priest stands. But the barrier was removed. He was standing there himself and everyone who visits the amber gets up close.

I would have preferred if he said hello, or a welcome. Rather than saying 'show some respect'.

He told me to move out of the way, and put a couple of visitors in the place I was at, saying 'you can stand here because you are special'.

He pointed out something very small in the alter that I couldn't see. I had my glasses in my hand and said I might see better once I put these on.

As a disabled person I also had to pay the full amount on the entrance.

I don't think I've ever felt so unwelcome, or been so patronized, in any church.

Had he not left me feeling unwelcome, been rude, patronizing, laughed at me, I would have donated some money and bought some things from the shop.

Not really a way to treat a tourist who's trying to enjoy a visit.

After saying to me 'show some respect' he was on his mobile phone, beside the tabernacle chatting away to someone. I don't think I am the one, who needs to show respect.
Written October 6, 2023
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Altissima
Bristol, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I have never ween such a wonderful work of art as the amber altarpiece. It seems alive and golden with fire. The church is fascia ting in the recent history of Polish independence.
Written August 26, 2019
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Not the biggest or highest like the St. Mary Basilica in the old town, St. Brigitte was the most beautiful Church we saw over 5 days in northern Poland.
Church was built in the middle of 14c as a small Chapel dedicated to St. Mary. Some 20y after, a funeral procession of late St. Brigitte was passing through Gdansk from Rome to her resting place in Sweden. People of Gdansk paid their respects and accommodated the procession for some time. After that the Church was enlarged, a monastery added and renamed to St. Brigitte.

The Church interior is rich and nicely decorated, contrary to other Polish Churches which are mainly whitewashed due to WWII devastations and lootings.
On the right hand side there're several chapels, but two of them drew my attention:
- first, one dedicated to infamous Katyn massacre in 1940, when Soviets killed more than 20.000 people when they occupied eastern Poland and
- second, dedicated to Solidarnost movement and their victims to Communist oppression.
In the crypt is an ossuary.

But, the main star is a newly added, in 2000 - huge and magnificent Amber altar.
It's the biggest piece of amber art, with Our Lady protecting the working people in the center, dedicated to Dec 1970 shipyard uprising victims. Around are other saints, leaves and decorations, all made in different shades and colors - truly amazing.

I am shocked this Church is on TA page 2 ???
Written April 7, 2024
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Brigid H
Galway76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Worth seeing especially for the fabulous Amber Altar. It was the church very associated with Solidarity.

Written February 26, 2020
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316Sharon8867
Portlaw, Ireland109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
This is a very interesting building which is associated with the whole solidarity movement.Thecaltar is made completely of amber and is absolutely beautiful.
Written March 30, 2019
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Pawel S
Park Ridge, IL116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
This church mad a mark in world's history. This is where Solidarity movement took its roots. The amber alter is a must see. Couple blocks a way is Polish Post Office, another significant place where World War II started and the Polish postal workers defended the building for 12 hours against all odds. There is small entry fee to see the church.
Written December 31, 2018
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Colleenhe
Perth, Australia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
I would not have visited this church if not for two locals telling us about it. One was Alexandra, a private guide, and Alex who took us for a vodka tasting tour. I am so pleased they did as the amber alter is unlike any alter I have seen, and I visit churches everywhere. It is beautiful to say the least and I don't even like amber that much. There is so much detail in the amber alter and the colour is glorious. I would rate this church as my No 1 in Gdansk.
Written August 25, 2018
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Anne W
Southwest Harbor, ME40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
The amber altar piece is simple amazing. The church is fairly simple aside from that but is well worth a look when you're wandering around the city on foot!
Written April 25, 2018
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Mario V
Attard, Malta825 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017
St. Bridget's Church is the parish church of the Gdansk Shipyards, it dates back to the late 14th century although the church was only rebuilt in 1973. The church and one of its priests, the anti-communist, Father Henryk Jankowski came to prominence during the Solidarity Strikes of 1980, when he become the movement's chaplain. Apart from the important role that this church had with Solidarnosc, it has an impressive altar made out of amber.
Written July 26, 2017
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AdamGdansk
Gdansk, Poland25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
This is an absolute must for anyone interested in Solidarity. This is the actual place where people would congregate and protest against the communist government, inspired by the legendary priest - Henryk Jankowski. It was one of the very few 'freedom zones' in Poland where people could express their views, errect monuments to murdered activists and remeber 'forbidden' anniversaries. Full of atmosphere.
Written May 23, 2017
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