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Great Armoury in Gdańsk






Great Armoury was built between 1602-1609, growing threat from Sweden at the end of the sixteenth century led to the preparation of Gdańsk citizens in case of war. Feeling a lack of magazines produced in the city and around the implements of war, they decided to build a special arsenal.The designer of the representative of the building was one of the greatest designers of this period, Anthony van Obergen, the construction work can be directed Jan Strakowski. The building itself can be compared to today's museum of arms, but in the event of war, ready to use, hence the rich decoration of the building. The high peaks of the building is decorated with exploding grenades, and at the foot of the seventeenth century are statues of knights. All Great Armoury is the quintessence of the style of the Dutch parent company in Gdansk, it has been built with small, red, Dutch brick, decorated with pale sandstone decorations and ornate gilding. Placed on top of rich decoration of okuciowe. On both sides of the facade rise octagonal towers, domes complete with metal spiral staircase located. The center of the facade on the upper floor is decorated in a cavity surrounded by stately statue of Minerva arranged dates subsequent renovation of the building. The last was carried out in 2003-2005. The ground floor is decorated with Renaissance sump, which was mined by gunpowder and ammunition from the underground arsenal. The entrance consists of two large rusticated portal, topped with cartouches of arms of Danzig, sustained by lions. Next to them lie the nineteenth century mortars fortress of Mount Gradowa.The huge three-storey building housed not only the city's arsenal, but attracted the attention of many visitors Gdańsk. Exhibited all sorts types of weapons, armor, harnesses, as well as paintings and statues. Armor presented on mannequins that were seated on Kukle going steeds. Mannequins were moving, which intensified the interest in watching. Today Great Armoury, with reverence rebuilt from the devastation of war, is in its interiors Academy of Fine Arts.