An over a-thousand-year-old history of Europe is reflected in the history of
More often than not, history handles the places in which it likes to reside without due care. It marches through them together with hordes of soldiers, halting only for a barbaric chow and having their beauty trampled down. It unceremoniously shuffles these places like a speck of dust in the wind and eventually it pushes them to the margin of the mainstream of time. This misfortune has never struck Gdańsk, though. The city suffered from wars and destruction, witnessed human disgrace and fall; nevertheless, it was never defeated. On the contrary, it managed to defend itself and revive, all the time shaping history and being the place of key political, social, economic, scientific and cultural events for the world. This amazing strength emerges from the character of the inhabitants of the Metropolis. On the one hand our characteristics are disobedience and reluctance to any constraints of freedom and, on the other hand, persistent and rational attitude towards effecting changes. Thanks to this, the city persists in building the status of one of the most important centres in Poland and Europe. Today Gdańsk is proud of the plenty of its monuments, distinguished citizens, identity and heritage which does not only belong to this place but also to the entire world.
The history of Gdańsk is not only collective experience of momentous events but, most of all, the fate and everyday life of ordinary people living in crucial moments of humankind. The unique legacy of this place comprises the microcosm of individual recollections of its inhabitants - little strokes of luck, coincidences, the street noises, tastes from childhood, the smells of Sunday lunches filling the staircases and a whole innumerable puzzle of personal memories. Everybody can create and rediscover this history here and now in their own way. Its next day belongs to you.