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High Gate

Local name: Wysoka Brama

The High Gate in Olsztyn, otherwise known as the Upper Gate, dates back to the 14th century. It was erected in the gothic style. Along with fragments of defensive walls is an example of the former fortification of the city. It is one of the three city gates, but it has survived to this day as the only one.

The High Gate has been rebuilt several times, so its present appearance differs from the original. At the end of the eighteenth century, it was used as an armory, while in the nineteenth century there was a prison here, and then a police station. Among other things, the shape of the window openings changed, and an additional pedestrian crossing was created.

The Gate was restored in 2003. Placed in it is a mosaic image of Our Lady Queen of Peace - a gift from John Paul II, whose bronze image is next to it. On the extension can be seen a plaque commemorating Wojciech Kętrzyński, a Polish journalist and social activist.


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    Olsztyn , Poland