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Courtyard of the Brotherhood of St. George (Dwor Bractwa sw. Jerzego) description and photos - Poland: Gdansk. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. Title in English - Dwor Bractwa sw. Jerzego.
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The old building, built in the best traditions of Flemish architecture, is located next to the Renaissance Golden Gate. It is a public building with a side of architectural elements called "swallow's tails", topped with a tiled roof, over which a small turret with a lantern and a figurine depicting St. George (or St. Jerzy in Polish style) rises. The original bronze sculpture is now kept in the National Museum of Gdansk, and we see a copy of it above the house. This house with arched portals and high windows served for meetings of the brotherhood of St. George, which consisted of wealthy citizens (merchants, nobles) who participated in the management of the city.
The building was built in 1487-1494 with funds raised with members of the fraternity. The halls of this house were spacious living rooms intended for peaceful conversations and merry feasts. A little later, a fencing school and a school of fine arts appeared at the Court of the Brotherhood of St. George. And at the end of the XVIII century, several rooms were occupied by the city guard service.
Often the courtyard of the brotherhood of St. George was called the Shooting Range because of the area behind the Golden Gate for improving shooting skills. The basements of the house were also adapted for a shooting range, where mainly bows were fired. Before the construction of their own house, the shooting brotherhood of St. George was housed in the Artus Yard for a long time. It fell apart in the 18th century, and the brotherhood house became the property of Gdansk. After the Second World War, it was reconstructed and given to the needs of the Association of Polish Architects.
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