Friday, July 22, 2016

WYD Trek: TNG -- Day 4

400 steps to Heaven

The view of the Old Town district of Gdańsk from the top of St. Mary's Church.
(Credit: Josh Tng.)

Today we visited the city of Gdansk, mainly the city's Old Town district. The city was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement, which saw the freedom of Poland restored after many years of Communist rule.

Gdansk is a beautiful city, with rich architecture s and a colourful atmosphere. The world famous St. Mary's Church is the third largest brick church in the world.

World Youth Day pilgrims visit a section of the Berlin Wall.
The piece was transported to Gdańsk to stand alongside
a section of a wall Lech Walesa climbed to lead the shipyard
workers campaign. (Credit: Josh Tng) 
 St. Mary's Church is in the Old Town district. 400 steps separated us from spectacular views of the Old Town. 400 steps. After the 200th step, I was starting to pray to be put me out of my misery. But I made it, along with the rest of our group, and we enjoyed excellent views of the famous Polish port city -- if a little cramped.

Other tourists filled the small roof, leaving very little room to actually take pictures. But I managed to snap a couple, and after admiring the view a little more, I took off back down the never-ending flight of stairs.

As we were heading down, my brother Jacob groaned, "This was not worth a few pictures."

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