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Post-war reconstruction of Elbląg. The city was part of Polish Prussia (Royal Prussia, the richest region of Kingdom of Poland) between 1454-1772 and is part of Poland since 1945. Unfortunately, Elbląg was heavily damaged by Soviets and Nazis during WW2. Poles are trying to rebuild this lost city...



The old Pomeranian proverb says:
"Gdańsk - rich, Królewiec - large,
Elbląg - fortified, Toruń - beautiful.
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St.Nicholas Cathedral (Katedra Sw.Mikolaja)

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Art Centre Gallery EL (Galeria EL)

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Many of buildings in Elblag have been simplified...

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Which one is nicer?

This is what we call "more contemporary" architecture :)

Of course, there are some examples of nice architecture and sometimes (very rarely) it looks even better than before the war (see below).



 

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Only 6 tenement houses (out of over 300, edit) in Elblag weren't completely destroyed during the war and were restored after 1945:





 

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It makes me VERY HAPPY to see all that reconstruction going on in Elblag, but I wich they would reconstruct all the buildings 100% back to the original design...instead of mixing old with new on the same buildings. I get the idea with this 'mix-concept', but IMO it would be better to keep it original.

Thank you for all the info and photos :cheers:
 

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^^ Nice

Like to see they reconstructed some nice buildings, but newly buildings like the 'reconstructed' Rathaus could've been better.
Are there plans for rebuilding the small bell tower on the Elbląg Library, and the small tower and the lower front of the Galeria EL, the spire of the Market Gate and the rest of the Church of God's Body?
 

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The word "half-assed" comes to mind here.

Did the re-builders not have access to prewar photographs of this church?
The other part, which was demolished after the war to expand the street, was an extension built in 19th century -the picture below shows how it looked before the enlargment of the church:



One last question :)
Are they ever going to reconstruct this in original style? Would give the Altstadt of Elblag something more :)
Wouldn't expect that.
 

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overall, the quality of the architecture is as good or better (certainly technically better) than pre-war and in some cases not as ornate and detailed. the architecture pre-war was of a simpler, vernacular form with some ornate landmarks, the latter were largely not rebuilt, except gothic and renaissance structures. what is intriguing is that the architects have created a new architectural language while maintaining the same proportions, heights and similar building silhouettes. I'm quite impressed, those in love with pre-war Elblag may have mixed feelings.
 

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It is a beautiful town.
"Town" with city rights since 1246 and population of around 126k ;)

Not many people might know this, but Elblag was more populous city than Torun from 16th Century until 1939. Also, it was second largest port after Gdansk (for a short period of time, the largest) in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
 
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