Archikatedra Oliwska
Archikatedra Oliwska
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  • Ivan Kinsmam
    Kielce, Poland1,068 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real hidden gem
    This is a cathedral not to be missed. It is one of the most beatiful I have seen (and I have seen many) - the longest Carmelite church in the world - and it has a spectaular organ with regular daily organ recitals, and 1 hour concerts in July and August (we are returning to hear one at 8pm in the evening). The church has a delightful interior with several marble altars, a catacomb of bishops and a side chapel of the Virgin Mary (no photos allowed). Definitely try to include it in your itinerary as well as 1.5 hours for Oliwski Park (the former Abbot's palace gardens).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Church in a beautiful park
    We visited this Church during a day tour to Sopot from Gdansk, as it's set somewhere in the middle between. Church is pretty old dating back to 13c and claims to be the longest Carmelite Church. Main entrance is between two elegant tall brick bell towers with nice altar inside and terrific organ.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2024
  • Martina M
    Ningbo, China53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extraordinary architecture
    Very unique church/cathedral. Amazing huge organs, statues of angels move And play! On Saturdays organ concerts (20 min, between 10-11 a.m., can't remember the time), voluntary fee for church. Breathtaking.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 May 2024
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Martina M
Ningbo, China53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very unique church/cathedral. Amazing huge organs, statues of angels move And play! On Saturdays organ concerts (20 min, between 10-11 a.m., can't remember the time), voluntary fee for church. Breathtaking.
Written 13 May 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We visited this Church during a day tour to Sopot from Gdansk, as it's set somewhere in the middle between.
Church is pretty old dating back to 13c and claims to be the longest Carmelite Church. Main entrance is between two elegant tall brick bell towers with nice altar inside and terrific organ.
Written 7 April 2024
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Ivan Kinsmam
Kielce, Poland1,068 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is a cathedral not to be missed. It is one of the most beatiful I have seen (and I have seen many) - the longest Carmelite church in the world - and it has a spectaular organ with regular daily organ recitals, and 1 hour concerts in July and August (we are returning to hear one at 8pm in the evening).
The church has a delightful interior with several marble altars, a catacomb of bishops and a side chapel of the Virgin Mary (no photos allowed). Definitely try to include it in your itinerary as well as 1.5 hours for Oliwski Park (the former Abbot's palace gardens).
Written 8 July 2023
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Chris M
Wetherby, UK1,385 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We visited this Cathedral during an organised tour of Gdansk. It has an understated and individual quite modern looking front exterior, contrasting with quite an individual style of interior, with impressive exposed organ pipes. The building has very old origins but has been extensively renovated following damage in WW2. The inside needs to be seen before reaching a view based purely on the outside.
Written 10 June 2023
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nat69
Altenrhein, Switzerland54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
It was a great idea of mine to return here after 40 years. It is a once in a lifetime experience and would recommend to all. Visit at 12:00 or on Sunday at 15:00 to listen to the concert.
Written 6 March 2023
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Jay B
Fairhope, AL1,031 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We visited here with a tour group. The church is amazing, but the best part is the music. Be sure and make that part of your visit!
Written 17 December 2022
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Eva T
United Kingdom2,342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Before we travelled to Gdansk we did search what we can see and this cathedral was on our list. You can take tram No 6 in front of main railway station to Oliwa and the ticket costs 4.80 PLN zl. We walked through wonderful park to the cathedral. Entry was free. It's stunning. Built by Cistercian Order in 12th century first as wooden church, later destroyed by various attacks and fire and rebuilt again. Ceiling over the main altar is very unusual. There are several small altars and prayer sides in the northern and southern aisle which are around the central nave and behind the main altar with wonderful religious pictures and statues. Special chapel with door is for prayers who don't wish to be disturb by the tourists. And the main attraction is the great organ which is connected with wire to two other small organs. The sound when the organ is played is just breath taking. To those who know something about organs this one is probably one of the best - it has 110 real voices (87 are in the main organ) and over 7800 pipes, the largest is 10 metres high and it has 64 combinations of instrument settings. AMAZING! The organ is played every day. I would like to be there in summer when the Polish Baltic Philharmonic organizes two concerts a week. You need to be there and listen to it, the sound brought tears in my eyes.
Written 5 October 2022
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Dominika P
Warsaw, Poland113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
As I am not fan of sightseeing of churches, this place is my must-visit place.
Why? Not to watch interiors but in order to listen to beautiful sound of Oliwa organs
Written 14 September 2022
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland16,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
Oliwa Cathedral was erected as a Cistercian church in the thirteenth century as a Gothic, three-nave basilica. It was built on the plan of a Latin cross, measuring 107 metres and is the longest church in Poland. Its beautiful interior conceals many art treasures: numerous altars, a Rococo pulpit, great stalls or Renaissance portraits of numerous benefactors of the Cistercian monastery. In the central part of the monumental presbytery you can find the main Baroque altar. Its “earthly sphere” consists of black columns arranged in a semicircle and “heavenly sphere” is a vision of heaven: stucco clouds and angel  heads.
Written 20 March 2021
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Martin W
431 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
When we were in our visit of the Park in Oliwa we also went in the beautifull Cathedral. There is a very good accustic of the great Organ. There are concerts with it very often, so don't miss it.
Written 2 August 2020
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