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The Long Market street (Długi Targ) is one of the most beautiful streets in Gdansk. The wealthiest Gdansk patricians used to live there. The oldest preserved houses date back to the middle Ages, but most of the buildings were erected in modern times. The tenement houses on Długi Targ are richly decorated with coats of arms, allegoric figures and silhouettes of ancient heroes. Around the 13th century, it was initially a merchant road leading to the oval market place. Soon after the bloody takeover of Gdansk by the Teutonic Knights, known as the Gdansk slaughters, the street became the city's main artery. Before Poland痴 partition it was also called the Royal Route because it served as a road of solemn entrances into the city during the visitations by Polish monarchs. During the monarchs visits to the city they were entertained in the tenement houses along the route and during the feasts of the Royal family the city council arranged fireworks there. The street was inhabited by the most prominent and the wealthiest citizens of the Royal City of Gdansk. It was also a place where witches, heretics and criminals were executed. Now the ground floors are occupied by craft shops and restaurants. The street is dominated by the Ratusz - the town hall - built of deep red brick with a gilded statue of a Polish king atop its slender, 269-foot spire. Next to it is the Neptune fountain, the symbol of the seafaring city. The god's trident spouts water, and the fountain's rim is of wrought iron decorated with Polish eagles. According to one of the Gdansk legends it was Neptune himself who contributed to the creation of the famous Gdansk liqueur called Goldwasser. He got angry at people throwing golden coins into the fountain and hit the water with his trident so hard that the gold fell to pieces, forming small golden flakes which now shine in the tasty herbal liqueur.

I also posted closer view of this fountain taken from a different POV in the WS.

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Additional Photos by Jean Sindera (janjan1897) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 200 W: 13 N: 455] (2301)
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