Travelling to Gdansk. Amber is a fossil resin of coniferous trees, commonly called Pinus succinifera. Do you love amber? Then, visit Gdansk in Poland, the most important center of amber all around the world.
Today, ten things you should know:
1.- In February 2000, an Amber Museum was established as a branch of Gdansk History Museum.
2.- The official opening ceremony of the Amber Museum was held on June 8, 2006. Its establishment is a fundamental element of the development of the city’s tourist strategy.
3.- The Amber Museum is located in a 14th century Gothic building with Renaissance additions. It used to be part of the medieval fortifications. It’s the Fore Gate Complex of Długa Street (called Gdansk Barbican) located in the Old Town.
4.- Two separate tourist routes follow two major themes: the history of amber and amber craft, covering the story from millions of years ago, from the stone age. And the fascinating history of the Fore Gate.
5.- The first guild of amber craftsmen was created in Gdansk, Poland, in 1477.
6.- But the peak period of amber crafts in Gdańsk was in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
7.- The traditions of Gdansk amber craftsmen are reflected primarily in the monumental sculptures, decorative and everyday use items.
8.- Nowadays, amber is used typically in jewelry. The popularity for amber jewelry goes back to the fifties.
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9.- In the Amber Museum is also possible to see how amber was processed in the past.
10.- Gdansk has other monuments. It’s a beautiful city, which saw the birth of the Solidarity movement. Under the leadership of Lech Walesa, it played a major role in the end of Communism in Central Europe.
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you. Happy New Year 2015!