Photographer's Note

This picture was taken along the Long Street (ulica Dluga) in Gdansk, which is the main street of the old town. The little side street which you see here is the Kaletnicza Street. The giant church rising behind the tenement houses is the St. Mary's Church (Polish: Bazylika Mariacka) or formally the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The church website states that it is the largest brick temple in Europe.

Everything was so easy in the past. One could just say: this is the largest brick church in the world and who would bother to check the dimensions. These days everything can be so easily compared.
Wikipedia goes into details, and it says that:
“With its volume between 185,000 m3 and 190,000 m3 it is currently one of the two or three largest brick churches in the world. Only San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, comprising 258,000 m3 is larger, Munich Frauenkirche and Ulm Minster also comprise 185,000 to 190,000 m3.
It is 105.5 metres (346 ft) long, and the nave is 66 metres (217 ft) wide. Inside the church there is room for 25,000 people. It is an aisled hall church with a transept. It is a co-cathedral in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gdańsk, along with the Oliwa Cathedral.”

Interestingly, not such a long time ago, I have posted a photo of a church which calls itself “the second highest brick basilica church in the world”:

So it seems there are rankings of the highest brick churches, the largest brick churches by volume, and largest brick churches by ground surface area. There are also separate rankings for cathedrals, brick structures, Medieval churches etc. To be honest after reading a bit into it I lost my interest in which one is the biggest, largest or highest…

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