The Old Town : Michelin's recommendations
The visit starts with Castle Square, announced from afar by the column and statue of King Sigismund III Vasa. A very pretty 14th C bridge is seen on the left, leading to the statue of the shoemaker J. Kilinski, one of the leaders of the 1794 insurrection against the Russians.The Royal Castle with its baroque façade extends to the right, with a row of coloured houses opposite. Taking Beer street, the longest street in the old town and very picturesque with its shop signs and old street lamps, you will reach Swietojanska street, a very lively shopping area, leading to the Market square in the Old Town. You can stop in front of St. John's cathedral (gothic style interior architecture), and alongside the church of the Holy Mother of God, the town's patron saint, still known as the Jesuit church (it has the highest tower in the city). The Market square (Rynek) is the most visited part of the capital, due to the atmosphere which reigns here. To the North of the square, the Warsaw History Museum retraces the town's past. Adjoining this building, you will find the Museum of Literature. Canon street leads into the triangular Placyk Kanonia edged with houses (including the narrowest in the town) built in the Hanseatic style. Finally, along the edge of the ramparts, the Barbican, gothic style stronghold in red brick dating from the 16th C. is today used as an exhibition gallery during the summer. A statue of the mermaid (the city's emblem) and the Monument of the Young Rebel (in memory of the role played by children during the uprising in 1944) also stand out in this visit.
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