|Area:||19 412 km2|
|Expenditure per capita:||2 519 zł|
|Maria Taraszkiewicz - GurzyńskaBurmistrz||Walentyna Czapska - Leader of the City Council|
The town and municipality of Gniew is situated at the mouth of Wierzyca river on the Vistula river in the district of Tczew. This is one of the most beautiful towns along the Vistula River, a place where time seems to have stopped.
The city is full of narrow, winding streets, mysterious corners, windows and doors leading to who knows where, a place where you have to indulge yourself and not ponder on its centuries-old history nor feel the atmosphere of its medieval castle with its somewhat ominous sounding name – Gniew (Wrath or Anger in English). The town, although lying next to one of most important trading routes, for years remained on the sidelines of big industry .
Gniew is a town that can be proud of being one of the most valuable in the Pomeranian province and with the largest group of historic buildings. The history of some of the buildings in the town stretches back to the fourteenth century. Rebuilt in the eighteenth century, in some places there were preserved beamed ceilings, window frames and other valuable features such as stairwells or banisters and decorative bas-relief doors with decorative fittings and brass doorknobs from this period.
One thing that puts Gniew apart from other cities and towns in Pomerania, is the ‘Gniewskie Leby’ a series of well-preserved arcaded houses dating to the fifteenth century located on the west side of Grunwald Square. The current headquarters of the City Hall is the former town hall which retains elements from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
Also worth seeing is the church of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors and traders. The oldest part of this Gothic church was completed in 1348 while the chancel and side chapels were built at the end of the sixteenth century. Most of the fixtures come from the second half of the nineteenth century. There is no shortage of valuable items with a older pedigree as well, including a baroque chasuble dating from the fourth quarter of the seventeenth century, which according to local tradition, was donated by the parish of Queen Maria Kazimiera Sobieska. In the church tower hangs a bell from the eighteenth century bearing the name of the church’s patron.
On the casing of the bell the founder has placed the inscription “I was born from the pious generosity of the foundations of the Church”.