Holy Trinity Franciscan Friary + Church Gdańsk

Outer Beauty Inner Peace

Holy Trinity Church Gdansk © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Another hugely impressive ecclesiastical (re)creation that has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of the 20th century. Holy Trinity is more than just a church. It’s also a friary. The complex fits around a cobble stoned courtyard. Brick walls meet half timbered walls at the perpendicular; it’s a colourful and complex confection. Almost 600 years ago, Bishop Theodore, with the backing of the Teutonic Knights, obtained approval from Pope Martin V to establish a friary in the environs of Gdańsk city centre. They took a century to construct. Gdańsk is still low rise, so the silhouette of Holy Trinity dramatically pierces the skyline with onion domes and wiry crosses and crocketed pinnacles and brick sculptures of varying complexion.

Holy Trinity Friary Gdansk © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

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