How to get there?
The Romanesque Cellar, the most recently opened branch of the Archaeological Museum, is located in the very heart of the historical centre of Gdańsk, at the Dominikański Square (which is next to the Indoor Market). You can reach it via one of the pavilions located in the Square.
A cellar, which is what exactly?
The cellar is an antique remnant of a 13th century Dominican Monastery which, in the past, served as a dining hall and kitchen.
The second part of its name, "Romanesque", refers to its architectonic style.
The Museum opens a new branch
The cellar was discovered between 2005 and 2006; next, in the period of 2007–2008 it was subject to archaeological surveys.
The opening of the facility for visitors took place on 30th December 2014.
The facility is open all year and is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Gdańsk, which is verified by constant interest of the visitors.
What we can see there?
The visitors descend steps to the old rooms formerly belonging to the monastery, and after visiting the cellars and the permanent exhibition they go up using the second flight of stairs.
The exhibition features a film presenting the history of the venue where the former Dominican monastery was located.
It also shows the results of archaeological works and some part of the items found in the area.
The main attraction is the refectory (dining hall) whose story is revealed by a virtual guide.
A part of the exhibition is a 16th/17th century ossuary that is a receptacle for the burial of human bones, uncovered next to the old building.
Why you should visit the Cellar?
The Romanesque Cellar, together with the foundations of the Roman church of St. Nicholas, create a unique complex presenting the oldest monuments of brick architecture in Poland.
The "Oldest history of the Kępa Dominikańska" permanent exhibition
The exhibition is presented in a unique venue of the restored Roman cellars, the oldest interior retained in Gdańsk.
The exhibition presents the results of long-term excavation works which unearthed the relics of 13th century constructions located under the Dominikański Square, as well as a settlement and a cemetery used from the 10th to the 19th century.
In order to present the discovered relics in the best way possible, special computer animation has been created. They show the reconstructed appearance (based on archaeological, architectonic and source surveys) of the buildings presented in a fascinating manner. Unfortunately, only the underground constructions of the complex survived until now. Moreover, computer animation is a part of a film shown in a room adjacent to the Romanesque Cellar, the first room visited during the sightseeing tour.
The other part of the tour, presenting the relics, is organized in a form of an audiovisual spectacle. During the course of the tour particular architectural details are illuminated with specially designed colourful lighting. Illuminations are also connected with a special audio commentary heard in the background.
The monuments discovered during excavation works at the Dominikański Square perfectly complement the exhibition.
It also needs to be emphasised that the exhibition was prepared in two language versions, Polish and English.