First historical mentions about Elblag are dated on first half of XIII century after the conquest of nearby Kwidzyn by Teutonic Order in 1233. In 1237 Teutonic Knights from Malbork organized expedition to mouth of a river Vistula to start a fort and a port. The fort was located on a small island at the mouth of the river to Visula lagoon. Elblag was start on the right bank of the river. In 1238 the Dominican Order received this ground to build a monastery. In 1240-42 the Teutonic Order was building a castle made of brick in southern part of the city.
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