St. Dominic’s Fair in Gdansk

Here you buy, bargain, look for treasures and find beautiful frames for commemorative photographs. Different languages are heard around, traditions and customs mix. It is bustling and colorful, there is something going on almost everywhere. Here is the world-famous St. Dominica!

Tradition of the St. Dominic dates back to 1260, when Pope Alexander IV allowed the Dominicans of Gdańsk to grant indulgences on the day of their founder’s feast. In one of the oldest descriptions of the fair from the 16th century, the papal nuncio Giulio Ruggieri wrote: In the month of August there is a great St. Dominic, where Germans, French, Flemish, English, Spanish, and Portuguese gather, and then 400 ships loaded with French and Spanish wine, silk, olive oil, lemons, preserves and other Spanish fruits, Portuguese roots, English tin and cloth call at the port . Circus performers, acrobats and acting troupes also came to the Fair from all over the place. Various wonders, exotic animals and even supposedly … mermaids were shown.

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