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  • 1 Warsaw History Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    RSM 28 PL - 00-272 Warszawa

    On the market square at the heart of the Old Town, Warsaw's History Museum traces the entire history of what is today capital of the Polish Republic. Laid out over four floors, the museum's collections illustrate the political, religious and public l..

  • 2 Teatr Wielki Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. Teatralny 1 PL - 00-077 Warszawa

    To the South of the Theatre Square, we find the Grand Theatre, an impressive neo-Classical structure built between 1825 and 1833 by architect Antonio Corazzi. Its designers envisaged it as the biggest in Europe. Largely destroyed and burned down duri..

  • 3 The Modern Centre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Warszawa

    Lying around the palace of culture and sciences, Warsaw's commercial and economic hub gives the impression of being a huge building site: an unsettling scene of skyscrapers and futurist structures (notably the centre for life and leisure, Zlote Taras..

  • 4 Citadel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Skazañców 25 PL - Warszawa

    One of Poland's finest examples of miltary architecture, the citadel was built by Tsar Nicholas I between 1832 and 1836 after putting down the November uprising, and was used as a jail and place of execution for Polish patriots. One section is now a ..

  • 5 University of Warsaw Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Warszawa

    Closed by the Tsar in 1832 as part of reprisals for the 1830 insurrection, the university did not reopen until 1915. Under German occupation, studying was forbidden and thousands of clandestine students and teachers were killed. An underground univer..

  • 6 Church of the Holy Cross Interesting

    Religious buildings

    PL - Warszawa

    The church was destroyed during the 1944 uprising, in battles that were fought even inside this building. Its fine Baroque-style structure was subsequently the setting for confrontations between students and the communist authorities. The Christ in t..

  • 7 Orthodox Church of St Mary Magdalen Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Al. Solidarnosci 52 PL - Warszawa

    This fine gold and ochre building (1869) was constructed for the railwaymen of Wilenski station, and is one of the most beautiful vestiges of the Russian presence in Warsaw. Its large neo-Byzantine structure topped by onion domes has retained its int..

  • 8 Zamoyski Palace Interesting

    Museums and art

    PL - Warszawa

    This neo-Renaissance palace is today home to the Polish architects' association and an architecture centre (SARP), a pleasant café-restaurant with terrace giving onto an attractive English-style garden, plus the famous Foksal Gallery, one of the city..

  • 9 Poster Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Ul. Kostki Potockiego 10-16 PL - Warszawa

    Established in 1968 in a modern building next to the Wilanow palace, this museum is devoted to poster art, an area in which the Poles have always been prominent. The collection's 55 000 posters (advertising, cinema, theatre, politics, tourism) are di..

  • 10 Jewish Historical Institute (ZIH) Interesting

    Museums and art

    Ul. Tlomackie 3-5 PL - Warszawa

    A visit to the ZIH is an excellent introduction to the tragic history of Warsaw's Jewish communities. Established after the Second World War, it has two permanent exhibitions, one on Jewish art, the other on the Warsaw Ghetto. On the site of the Blue..

  • 11 Royal Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place Zamkowy 4 PL - 00-277 Warszawa

    Built in the 14th C., the castle served as residence to the Dukes of Mazovia before becoming the seat of the Royal Crown. Considerably extended in the 17th C., it was for a time the seat of Parliament. Occupied by the Tsars for more than a century, i..

  • 12 St Martin's Church (Kosciól sw. Marcina)

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Piwna 8 PL - Varsovie

    A 14C Gothic building with a Baroque interior, the church is popular for weddings - after the ceremony, newly-weds pass through the arcades to the inner courtyard to be congratulated. After the Second World War, the interior was given a modern faceli..

  • 13 Plac Zamkowy

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. Zamkowy PL - 00-277 Warszawa

    This magnificent cobbled square situated at the heart of the old town has grown since the 14C, shadowing the history of the royal castle, and assumed its current form in the 19C, after works were carried out to enlarge and open it up, including the d..

  • 14 Tomb of the unknown soldier

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Pl. Jozefa Pilsudskiego PL - 00-078 Warszawa

    Situated in Pilsudski square, this monument, dedicated to the bravery of Polish soldiers during the First World War, was erected in 1925, under a fragment of the portico, single remaining feature of the old Palace of Sax. In the 18th C. sumptuous Fre..

  • 15 Jean-Paul II Collection

    Museums and art

    pl. Bankowy PL - 00-139 Warszawa

    On Bank Square, in the former Stock Exchange building, we find this amazing collection of European paintings. The neoclassical style dates from the 19th C. Recognisable by its rotunda capped with a dome, it was the work of A. Corazzi (architect of th..

  • 16 The White House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    ul. Agrykoli 1 PL - 00-459 Warszawa

    The first royal summer residence was built in 1776 at the initiative of King Stanislas II Augustus Poniatowski in the Lazienki Park. In use until completion of the Lazienski Palace, the White House, built as a square with four identical façades, take..

  • 17 Market Square in New Town

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rynek Nowego Miasta PL - 00-229 Warszawa

    Economic heart of the New Town, the Market Square is today ornamented in the centre with a well overlooked by a virgin and unicorn. It has three important churches: to the East, the white church of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, baroque style ..

  • 18 Sklodowska-Curie Museum

    Museums and art

    Ul. Freta 16 PL - 00-227 Warszawa

    Born in Warsaw in 1867, at a very early age Marie Sklodowska revealed gifts for the sciences. She followed lessons in a State high school before emigrating to France, in order to continue her studies. Enrolled at the Sorbonne, she married the physici..

  • 19 Mickiewicz Museum of Literature

    Museums and art

    Rynek Starego Miasta 20 PL - 00-272 Warszawa

    The Museum of Literature, situated at the heart of the Old Town on Market Square, not far from its prestigious counterpart, the Warsaw History Museum, presents a history of Polish literature. In addition, temporary exhibitions dedicated to foreign au..

  • 20 The Barbican

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Nowomiejska PL - 00-271 Warszawa

    Built in the 16th C. by the architect Giovanni Battista from Venice (known as Venetus), this red brick building recalls the fortifications of the past and delimits the Old Town to the South. This solid, late gothic style, semi-circular structure, cro..

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