Cathedral of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary replaced the previous wooden church which had been built in the mid 13th century. The construction of the present church, made of brick, was commenced some hundred years later. It had been inspired by the cathedral in v German Lübeck . At that time, many other, very similar structures were built in the other Hanseatic towns as well. The construction was completed in 1496 in the late Gothic style. After the reformation in 1577, the cathedral was taken over by the Protestants. However, Catholic kings had a Royal Chapel built just next to the church building. In the 18th century, after the so-called Third Partition of Poland, Polska , the Prussians stole many valuables from the cathedral. At the end of the Second World War, the cathedral was heavily damaged by Soviet bombs. The reconstruction was not completed until 1955.
Cathedral of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary was designed so that its ground plan formed a cross. The dominating architectonic style is the late Gothic. The structure consists of bricks, which was typical technology used in many buildings in Hanseatic towns at that time.
When you step in the cathedral, you will see numerous, precious artifacts and decorative and functional structures and elements, of which the most significant are e.g. the altars, the astronomical clock, and the organ. The cathedral was used as a burial site for several outstanding personalities, the natives of this region.