Warsaw Poland is the capital and most
important city in the country. It has so many tourist attractions that we have to
divide this article into two, besides the one on Poland Tourism.
Since there are so many attractions we divided this article in two and continues by clicking here on Capital of Poland.
Here are some more sites of interest in the splendid one of the European Capitals.
Ghetto Monument in honor of those who died on the
Warsaw Ghetto Upraising
Ghetto Heroes Monument
Located on the corner of ul Anielewicza and ul Zamenhofa, it is a tree-lined park. It is the setting for this monument to the Ghetto Heroes and a memorial to all those who lost their lives during the 1943 uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto.
It is built of Swedish granite originally imported by the Nazis that had in mind to build their own victory monument.
in the ill-fated Ghetto Uprising of 1943. The grey stone tower is built of Swedish granite, originally imported by the Nazis to build their own victory monument.
This is a big thoroughfare creating an east-west border. It stretches from Plac Konstytucji or Constitution Square, and Plac Zbawciel in Warsaw Poland.
The Citadel overlooking the Vistula River in Warsaw Poland
This is a 19th century fortress overlooking the Vistula River, built by the Russian Czar and served as a political prison and where political prisoners were often executed after the 1863 uprising.
The first time I hear the guide mention this name, I said he must thing we are in Czechoslovakia, but no, it is a suburb of Warsaw located on the other side of the River Vistula. Is like entering another city. This is a poor neighborhood inhabited by working people.
But the area is being “conquered” by musicians, artists and entrepreneurs attracted by its pre WWII buildings since the area of Praga didn’t suffer much damage.
It is located on a former political prison and its cells are labeled with the names of the most famous prisoners such as Józef Piłsudski.
It features paintings by Alexander Sochaczewski (1843–1923), a former inmate who, together with thousands of anti-Russian dissidents were transported to laor camps in Siberia in 1866.
The most renowned of the paintings is the large Pożegnanie Europy meaning Farewell to Europe, which depicts the suffering of the prisoners.
Wilanów Palace is one of the great palaces of Warsaw Poland
Its main attractions are the Grand Entrance Hall, the Gallery of Polish Portraits and the Grand Dining Room.
Here you may see the “Coffin Portraits” painted on a piece of metal with the details of the deceased and then attached to the coffin.
There are many murals adorning the exterior of the palace including the 17th century sundial a bas relief of Chronos, the God of Time.
Ul Nowy Świat
New World Street has been for long the city’s fashionable avenue, lined with cafes and restaurants. Its buildings are all post WWII and restored to the predominant architecture style of the 19th century.
Besides shopping and eating you may just find a seat in one of the benches and watch the people go by.
Palace on the Water was the residence of
King Stanisław August Poniatowski
Palace on the Water
This is the former residence of King Stanisław August Poniatowski with an beautiful lake where you may do a gondola ride. The Nazis tried to destroyed without success and little damage to the first floor.
Today renovated and refurbished it is open to the public showing the 17th century marble reliefs with scenes of Ovid’s Metamorphoses gracing the original bathhouse .
These amazing gardens were modeled on the French Gardens of Versailles. The gardens are adorned with chestnut trees and baroque statues and there is a lake with a water tower in the form of a circular Greek Temple.
The Sigismund III Vasa Columns located on Castle Square in Warsaw Poland
Sigismund III Vasa Column
This masterpiece is located on the center of the triangular Castle Square or Plac Zamkowy in the Old Town.
It is a 22 meter high monument to the king who moved the Capital of Poland from Krakow to Warsaw. It was erected by his son in 1944. Like many other monuments it was destroyed during WWII but the statue survived and was place on a new column after the war.
Holy Cross Church
It was widely damaged during the war, but its original baroque altarpieces were left intact and they adorn today the interior of this church.
If you look on the left had side of the nave there is an epitaph to Frederic Chopin. I covers an urn containing the composer’s heart, brought from Paris after his death in accordance to his will.
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Umschlagplatz Monument in honor of those sent to their death by the Nazis
This monument marks the site of the “Taking Away Place” from where thousands upon thousands of Jews and many non-Jews were sent to Treblinka for the “Final Solution” of the Nazis.
The rectangle monument’s marble walls are carved with thousands of names of Jews with the following message:
“Along this path of suffering and death over 300,000 Jews were driven in 1942-43 from the Warsaw Ghetto to the gas chambers of the Nazi extermination camps”.
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Images credits for the warsaw poland:
ghetto monument by yuval meda
citadel by wistula
wilanow by poco a poco
palace on water by mariokol
vasa column by arian swegers
umchlagplatz by boston 9
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