Old Town in Warsaw - photos from our walks

Warsaw's Old Town is definitely causingpleasant impressions. Yes, it is rather “simple”, so to speak, but all the attributes are present: cobbled streets, square, ancient buildings. We will not go into details now that all this has been restored almost from scratch, more on this below.

We lived in Poland for 2 months and during that timeseveral times we had time to visit the old city, both in the afternoon, and in the evening, and during Christmas. Repeatedly, we caught ourselves thinking that we liked to walk here, considering that we needed only 15-20 minutes to get there by direct bus. Still, it is nicer to us than a smaller city, because in Moscow, with its huge area, it is not easy to live on the outskirts - you cannot reach quickly.

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Photo of Warsaw Old Town

We walked in the Old Town, in the New Town, andwalked from there almost to the Лазazienki park. Therefore, the photos will be in discord and from different walks. Most beautiful of all, of course, was during the Christmas period, when the entire center was buried in lights and garlands, luminous installations of various objects (locomotive, large chair, all kinds of animals, balls, etc.) stood everywhere. Well, this is in addition to the Christmas tree in the central square. And we really liked the palace with the design projected onto it, it looks very beautiful and original. I also separately laid out your impressions and photos of the usual Warsaw.

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Historical reference

Old Center (Stare Miasto) - a symbolic placefor the Poles and curious for tourists. With him in the XIII century began Warsaw. Like any fortress city, it was enclosed first with an earthen rampart, then with a deaf brick wall. How this wall looked in the 16th century can be understood by a tourist visiting the Barbican - a semicircular fortified outpost on the border of the old and new cities. This Gothic structure with a Renaissance style roof dates from 1548. True, now it is more a historical decoration than a rarity. The Barbican, like the Royal Palace, as well as more than 60% of other objects of antiquity of Warsaw, was reconstructed in the 20th century.

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Any of the capitals of Eastern Europe in varying degrees.suffered from World War II - was partially destroyed and later restored. But only Warsaw was erased almost to dust. Part of the antiquity suffered in 1939 under a hail of airstrikes of the advancing German troops. Every fourth house was defeated in the fall of 1944, when the Poles dared to raise a rebellion against the invaders and lost. The surviving buildings of the barbarians purposefully, flat by block were razed to the ground. When our troops occupied Warsaw, they found there “only ashes and ruins covered with snow”.

The Poles did not throw historical stones, as the Thais - Ancient Ayutthaya (if the comparison is appropriate). They did not transfer the capital to Krakow, which miraculously survived and which served as the center of Poland for nearly five centuries. They rebuilt Warsaw anew - based on paintings by the Italian master Bellotto and pre-war drawings.

Business card of the old city - Palace SquareCastle); spacious, pleasant place for walking. In the center of it, a monument of the XVII century is reconstructed - the column of Sigismund. This is a 30-meter column with a bronze figure of the glorious king of Poland. At Christmas, the monument and the city tree compete, which of them is higher.
The eastern part of the area is occupied by the RoyalPalace (Castle of the Princes of Mazovia). Around him in the Middle Ages and the city was formed. In the XVI century there was a royal residence, and from 1918 - presidential. The castle, according to chroniclers, was full of ghosts. All the crowned ladies must have been ghosts to say something nasty. Strangely enough, the bad news came true ... In 1944, the occupants burned the palace, clearing it beforehand. Part of the loot paintings and sculptures returned to him after restoration in the 70s.

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Deep into the old city - the Cathedral of St.. John the Baptist, the main Catholic church in Warsaw and the National Pantheon. Once it was the oldest church in Warsaw (XIII - XIV centuries), which dealt with the steep historical issues of Poland. It was made in the style of brick Gothic; The altar was decorated with a picture of the famous Italian Renaissance master. The fire did not devour only what was safely hidden under the ground - the graves of princes and noble citizens. Nowadays, the Nobel Prize winner writer Senkevich and the first president of independent Poland Narutovich are buried here.

Behind the cathedral is the cozy Canonia Square (named after the canonical priests who lived here in the seventeenth century.) It rests on the bones: before the canons there was a parish cemetery.

The Market Square (Stare Mesto Market) is a nice place surrounded by beautiful building decorations. The area is packed with good restaurants and shops; street musicians and pro beggars.

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In 1980, the historic center of Warsaw was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, as "an exceptional example of the almost complete restoration of the historical period between the XIII-XX centuries."

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Old Town, Palace Square (Plyats Zamkovy)

Old Town, Palace Square (Plyats Zamkovy)
Old city. The center and heart of Warsaw, akin to the Red Square in Moscow or Maidan in Kiev. The royal palace of the 17th century is also located here. The palace is open for visiting the art museum. In the center of the square is the column of the third Sigismund. Nearby is the Cathedral of St. John.
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Old city. The center and heart of Warsaw, akin to the Red Square in Moscow or Maidan in Kiev. The royal palace of the 17th century is also located here. The palace is open for visiting the art museum. In the center of the square is the column of the third Sigismund. Nearby - the Cathedral of St. John.More

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