"Gargoyles & Graffiti"chronicles architectural elements that I find interesting or unique in my travels. Gargoyles are my passion, but today graffiti (which I hate but am learning to love as it is everywhere) is as much a part of architecture as the gargoyles and decorative railings that thrill me.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Gargoyle Heaven: St. Mary's at Gdansk

Mary in St. Mary's Church at Gdansk
St. Mary's Church in Gdansk, Poland is a gargoyle Heaven. There are so many unique and wonderful architectural features that it has taken me four posts to really appreciate all that is there. From the black Mary above to the gargoyle iron, the old iron chest and the skulls and skeletons everywhere, the place is amazing.

From wikipedia:
St. Mary's Church (PolishBazylika MariackaGermanMarienkirche) or, properly,Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PolishBazylika Mariacka Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny w Gdańsku) is a Roman Catholic church in Gdańsk, Poland, which is the largest brick church in the world. It was begun in 1379. (The tallest brick church is St. Martin's Church, LandshutGermany.)

Note the skeleton in the far left corner
There is a skeleton-looking creature in the far left corner of this structure. Does it have wings?

Skull and crossbones