St. Nicholas Cathedral (Katedra Sw. Mikolaja), Elblag

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St. Nicholas Cathedral is a 13th-century Gothic church in Elbląg, Poland. Established in circa 1247, the church became Lutheran in 1573. It was damaged by fire in the late 18th century and suffered damage during the World War II. It was elevated to the status of cathedral in 1992.
When the burghers of Elbing first attempted to adopt the Protestant Reformation in 1525, the provost of St. Nicholas Church maintained Catholic practice. Since 1539 the city council tacitly tolerated and gradually openly promoted Lutheranism, so that St. Nicholas Church had become a Lutheran church by 1573.
Following King Sigismund III's Prussian regency contract with Joachim Frederick of Brandenburg and his Prussian enfeoffment contract with John Sigismund of Brandenburg these two rulers of Ducal Prussia guaranteed free practice of Catholic religion in prevailingly Lutheran Prussia. Based on these contracts Prince-Bishop Szymon Rudnicki of Ermland/Warmia achieved the restitution of St. Nicholas as Roman Catholic parish church in 1612, then the only one in Elbing, and remaining a Catholic church since.
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  • When we came there was no access to the tower so I was not particularly impressed with this church although I have to say the windows are very impressive, specially if you have the sunshine on the...  more »
  • This is really old, 13th-century gothic church, located in the centre of the city market. Damaged several times, especially in the 18th century (fire) and during World War II. Because of the tower...  more »
  • Surprisingly nice view from a veeeeery high tower. Probably better to avoid around noon to not get deaf ;)
  • Amazing view from the top of the tower
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