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How to get there?
The Romanesque Cellar - the newest branch of the Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk - is located in the very heart of the historic center of Gdańsk, on Dominikański Square (between the market hall and the church of St. Nicholas). The entrance to the Cellar is through the green pavilion with the Museum signboard.
Cellar, or what exactly?
The Cellar is a historic remnant of the 13th-century Dominican Monastery, where it once served as a dining room and kitchen. The second part of its name - Romanesque - refers to the architectural style in which it was made.
The museum is opening a new branch
The cellar was discovered at the turn of 2005 and 2006, and then it was subjected to archaeological research in 2007-2008. The facility was opened to visitors on December 30, 2014. Now, the museum is open all year round and is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Gdańsk, which is confirmed by the unwavering interest of visitors.
What will you find on the spot?
Visitors go down the stairs to the former monastery rooms, and after exploring the cellars and the permanent exhibition, they reach the surface with the second flight of stairs. The exhibition presents a film showing the history of the area where the former Dominican monastery was located. The results of archaeological works and some of the ancient objects found here are also presented. The main attraction is the refectory (dining room), through which guests are led by a virtual guide. Part of the exhibition is also from the 16th / 17th century, the so-called an ossuary, i.e. a place where the bones of the deceased were stored, discovered next to a historic building.
Why is it worth going to?
The Romanesque Cellar together with the exhibition of the foundations of the Romanesque church of St. Nicholas, creates a complex unique in Poland, presenting the oldest monuments of brick architecture.
Permanent exhibition "The oldest history of Kępa Dominikańska"
The exhibition is presented in a unique scenery of restored Romanesque cellars - the oldest preserved interior in Gdańsk. It shows the results of many years of excavation work, which was the discovery of relics of the 13th-century architecture located under Dominikański Square, as well as the settlement and cemetery used from the 10th to the 19th century. In order to present the discovered relics in the best possible way, special computer animations were made. They dynamically show the reconstructed (based on archaeological, architectural and source research) appearance of the buildings, of which only underground parts have survived to this day. In addition, these animations are part of the film presented in the room added to the Romanesque Cellar - this is where the tour begins. Visiting the part of the exhibition presenting the relics takes place in the form of a specific audiovisual spectacle. Individual architectural details, as the visitors move by, are individually illuminated with specially designed colored lighting. The highlighting is accompanied by a narrator's commentary. The exhibition is complemented by objects discovered during the excavations at Dominikański Square. It is also worth noting that the exhibition was prepared in two language versions - Polish and English.