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Monument dedicated to the founder of George Hefnerowi swimming Sopot


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Centenary of the granting of municipal rights have resulted in Sopot idea to commemorate the founder of the bath, the surgeon John George Haffner (born in 1775 in Colmar, France, died 1830 in Gdańsk). Addressed to Gdansk as a doctor of Napoleon's army passed through Sopot and stopped here for the night. Delighted with the resort noted that particularly suited to seaside. Gdańsk also charmed him, so he settled here. He married a local widow, he left military service and began work in his profession. Around 1808 years in the seaside resort arranged Brzeźno (district of Gdansk), and 1823 years took up the transformation of the health resort of Sopot. He built the baths, spa house later - all with their own resources. Planned park and walking paths. Visitors to Sopot spa guests can stroll along the pier demontowanym the winter and arrange a boat into the sea. Doctoral wanted to become a health resort Sopot to measure other popular resorts on the Baltic, sought the highest level of service. Exhausted by work and disease, died in 1830.The author of the monument in the form of sculpture Haffner park is Zbigniew Jóźwik sculptor. Pensive walker Haffner - the figure slightly higher than the natural - sat in a charming place of his beloved sea. The monument was unveiled on October 8, 2004 during the holy city of Sopot. In addition to sculptures - carved in stone: Dr. Haffner, and on labels attached to a small boulder given names of the authors and founders of the memorial.