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Artus Court in Gdańsk

Artus Court is one of the most representative monuments located by the so-called Royal Route in Gdańsk near the historic port on the Motława River. Artus Court was built by the Brotherhood of St. George, which gathered the so-called junkers (knights) from rich German families. The building was built thanks to their own efforts and financing. There was no shortage of entertainment, such as masquerades, arcade games, concerts and circus shows. During the holidays, everyone was gathering for a festive meal. The Brotherhood of St. George has always emphasized its distinctiveness, critically assessing the customs of the other regulars of the Court, i.e. merchants and ship owners. In the merchant city, which at that time was Gdansk, information always played a decisive role. The Court was an excellent place for its exchange. The orders of the city authorities were made public here. With time Artus Court took over the role of an official merchant's house. On 31 October 1742 the Council decided to transform the Court into a stock exchange. Merchantry gained a very impressive building, the Court gained a new function, becoming again the centre of merchant life. However, apart from regular stock exchange sessions, life in the Great Hall intertwined with ceremonial visits of monarchs, significant cultural events and international meetings.

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