Warsaw is an extraordinary city where western and eastern cultures meet. Historic buildings, palaces and churches destroyed during the War have been reconstructed, but traces of its heroic past can still be seen through out the city. Warsaw Old Town, with Market Square, St. John’s Cathedral, the Barbican and Castle Square. the Royal Route with its numerous churches, monuments, historic buildings and palaces, past the Parliament. Take a walk in the grand Lazienki Park with its “Palace on the Water” and Chopin’s monument. On the way back, pause to pay respects at the former Jewish Ghetto monument, followed by a drive past the imposing building of the Grand Theater and the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.
Old city and Royal Castle
When taking a tour of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, be mindful that this structure is a reconstruction of the original. The original Royal Castle was destroyed by Nazis during WWII. While the exterior has been recreated, the interior of the Royal Castle is surprisingly authentic, some of the Furniture that was saved from destruction, serve to illustrate the uses of the castle’s rooms.
The Royal Castle overlooks The Castle Square in Warsaw. This grand square is used for speeches, gatherings, and entertainment. Warsaw also has other squares of note, like the Old Town Market Square and the New Town Market Square. Warsaw’s squares are great places to have a snack or a drink and experience the city.
The Warsaw Barbican was a defensive structure that was initially built to replace one of the gates of the walled city of Warsaw. Like many of Warsaw’s buildings, the Barbican has been reconstructed.
The Palace of culture
The Palace of Science and Culture was Stalin’s gift to Poland. Its monstrous form and looming silhouette are characteristic of the architectural style favored by the Soviets.
The Palace of Science and Culture is a multi-purpose such as studys in the akdemy or a theater and a good view point on the city
Jewish heritage and The Monument of the Heroes and the Jewish History museum
Near the Palace of Science and Culture is the location of the former Warsaw Ghetto. The sigh of the memorable wall from the ghetto, the Warsaw Ghetto was destroyed in the 1944’s and its inhabitants was murdered or sent to concentration camps.
This memorial, as well as the nearby Umschlagplatz Memorial, too remember the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto as well as those who tried to fight back against the Nazis’ actions.
Lazienki Park and the palace on the water
Lazienki Park and “Palace on the water” are both beautiful and relaxing sights to see. The palace, known as “The Palace on the Isle” is built on a lake and is accessible by foot bridges. Wander the park or enter the palace depending upon your mood and the weather. The park offers pathways and shady benches, while the palace allows visitors a glimpse into the life of its previous inhabitants.
One of the most popular streets in Warsaw for shopping, eating and enjoying a few drinks is Ulica Nowy Świat (Polish for “New World Street”) which forms part of the Royal Route running from the Royal Castle and Old Town to King Jan III Sobieski’s 17th-century royal residence at Wilanów.
The Wilanow Palace
The history of the Wilanow Palace, a wonderful Baroque royal residence, began on April 23, 1677, when a village became the property of King John Sobieski III. At the beginning, the residence building was small. Augustyn Locci the king’s court architect received the task of creating only a ground floor residence of a layout typical for the buildings of the Republic of Poland. However, military successes and an increase of the importance of royalty in the coming years had a huge influence on expanding the initial project. Huge construction works were conducted in the years 1677-1696 After completion, the building comprised of elements of a nobility house, an Italian garden villa and a French palace in the style of Louis XIV. After the death of the King, the Palace became the property of his sons, and in 1720, a run down property was purchased by one of the wealthiest women in Poland of those days – Elizabeth Sieniawska. In 1730, the Palace, for three years, was owned by king August II, who made considerable changes in the residence, particularly as far as the internal décor is concerned.
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