Artus Court

 

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The custom of building Artus courts came to Poland from England, supposed home of this legendary king. Originally it was meeting place for knights and nobles, in Gdansk it was more for wealthy merchants and city politics.


Poorer traders and craftsmen was never allowed in a court, and discussing the contracts during the meetings was forbidden. As a gathering place of social life, Artus Court offer various attractions, from gambling and card games to jugglers performances and musicians concerts.
The first building of Artus court was finished in 1350, but was rebuilt in 1379. After the fire in 1476 the final construction was risen. Last changes had place is 1617, when the façade gain new decorations, statues of ancient heroes and goddess Fortuna on a gable. Interior of a court is one, spacious hall in gothic style with decorations form late 15th and 16th century. The walls are covered with big paintings, from which the most valuable is Last Judgement by Anton Moller. In one corner stands a furnace from 1546, with 520 tiles depiting European kings and queens.
Nowadays the Court is a part of Gdansk History Museum, connected with nearby townhouse.





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