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Revaluation and Adaptation of St. John's Church in Gdansk to St. John's Centre

Rehabilitation and Conversion of St. John's Church in Gdansk to St. John's Centre collapse

In 2008 bthe project titled Rehabilitation and Conversion of St. John's Church into Gdansk to St. John's Centre - Stage I - recived a subsidy from the Regional Operational Programme for the Pomorskie Voivodeship for 2005 - 2013, which made it possible to speed up the reconstruction and conservation works and conversion of the building into a culture centre.

In the framework of the project in years 2009 - 2012 the following works where carried out:

- conservation of the south elevation and of the tower, and a major overhaul of the roof. During the elevation works, the decorative ornamental friezes (and a tower clock) were reconstructed on the basis of dicovered fragments and archive materials;

- conservation of the church interior: walls, valuts, pillars, the Holy Spirit Chapel, the tower porch and the Zappiom family valut; conservation of the tombstones and placing them in the reconstructed stone flooring; reconstruction of the carved door;

- conservation of the pieces of art that constitued parts of the historical furnishing, which survived thanks to the evacuation in 1943 - 1944, and after the war were scattered among various places and warehouses in Gdańsk, Among the pieces of art that returned to the  church are: epitaphs od Adelgunda Zappio, Jan Hutzingus, Wawrzyniec Fabricius, Tomasz Movius and Urlich Kanzler, a carved to of the Stalla Snycerzy (the stall of wood carvers), a series o paintings Panny mądre i głupie (The Wies and the Foolish Virgins), sculptures of St. Catherine and the Archangel Miachel, the babtismal chapel and gothic stalls;

- construction and adaptation works: the interior of the church tower was fully adapted for the needs of the cultural centre: a complex of modern wardrobes was created there;

- modern galleries were made on the western wall - lower one for the sake of the stage, and upper one as communicational link beetween the tower and the church inetrior;

- the church was furnished with modern technical devices which are indespensable for the Cultural Centre: a stage and traveses on which the profesional lighting and sounding equipment was installed, as well as a system of dimming the gothic window with the use of electrically operated blinds, multimedia equpiment and lamps that iluminated the church interior, and last but not least a number of suivel chairs for the audience;

- in order to create space for the administrative and social bas of the St. John's Centre two small tenement houses and link building leading to the church interior were reconstructed


As a result of the project a modern-shaped St. John's Centre was created - a well equipped hall for the spectacles and concerts and an original space for exhibitions of both sdacral and modern art.

More informations: www.centrumswjana.pl