The Sights and Sounds of St Dominic’s Fair

Every summer, Gdansk plays host to St Dominic’s Fair (Jarmark św. Dominika – link in Polish only). It’s one of the most significant cultural events in Europe, and with a history that goes back more than 750 years, it’s also one of the oldest.

St Dominic’s Fair used to begin on the saint’s feast day of 4 August. These days, it spans three weeks in July and August and its religious significance is played down. However, it still attracts traders from Gdansk and other parts of Poland. You might think of it as a summer version of Weinachtsmarkt – except that the event pre-dates Christmas markets by a generation!

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