Jan Hevelius’ tomb

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Hevelius is buried in St. Catherine’s Church in Gdansk. The construction of the current church began before 1379 and the consecration of the first phase of the building was on the feast of Pentecost of 1432. In the 15th century a chapel and a tower were added and the church’s vault was finished. One century later the side naves were added to te presbytery.

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Hevelius was the head Protestant councillor in St. Catherine for 47 years and he often made astronomical observations from the tower of the church. Thus, when he died nobody doubted that he had to be buried behind the altar:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

His epitaph was founded by his grand-son Daniel Gottlob-Davisson and the work was completed in 1779. You can see some astronomical instruments in the lower part. Under the portrait there is an inscription “To Jan Heweliusz with respect due to such man”.

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

There also is a plaque placed in the same column on January 28, 2011, to conmemorate 400 years of Hevelius’ birth:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Location: St. Catherine’s Church in Gdansk (map)

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