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Historic Centre of Warsaw

Historic Centre of Warsaw: After WWII 85% of Warsaw was destroyed: 25% during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943, 25% during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 and after the Warsaw Uprising 35% was destroyed by nazi-troops. The historic centre together with the Royal Castle, houses and churches were destroyed. Warsaw, the capital of Polandwas rebuilt after WWII. The Historic Centre of Warsaw was reconstructed and restored with the preservation of the original fragments of the historic buildings. Some monuments in the Historic Centre of Warsaw: The statue of the Mermaid of Warsaw in the Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta), the Mermaid is the symbol of Warsaw. The Sigismund Column is a famous and one of the oldest monuments of Warsaw, the Sigismund Column was erected in 1644 in honour of King Sigismund III Vasa, he moved the capital of Poland from Kraków to Warsaw. The Barbican represents the defensive walls and towers that once defended Warsaw, the Warsaw Barbican is the second largest in Poland, the largest is the Barbican of Kraków. There are numerous churches in Warsaw, one of the most notable churches is the Holy Cross Church, the heart of the Polish composer Chopin is interred in a column of the Baroque Church of the Holy Cross. The Masterpieces of Frédéric Chopin, the Archive of Warsaw Reconstruction Office, kept in the State Archives of the Capital City of Warsaw, and the Warsaw Ghetto Archives (Emanuel Ringelblum Archives), kept in the Jewish Historical Research Institute in Warsaw, were inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The Historic Centre of Warsaw gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1980.

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Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Mermaid of Warsaw. (Polish: Syrenka Warszawska). The statue of the Mermaid of Warsaw is located in the Rynek...

Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Mermaid of Warsaw. (Polish: Syrenka Warszawska).

The statue of the Mermaid of Warsaw is located in the Rynek Starego Miasta, the Market

Square, in the historic centre of the Old Town of Warsaw. The mermaid is the symbol of

Warsaw. This statue of the Mermaid is a copy. Due to vandalism, the original statue has

been removed to the Historical Museum of Warsaw.

  1. Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Mermaid of Warsaw. (Polish: Syrenka Warszawska). The statue of the Mermaid of Warsaw is located in the Rynek...

    Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Mermaid of Warsaw. (Polish: Syrenka Warszawska).

    The statue of the Mermaid of Warsaw is located in the Rynek Starego Miasta, the Market

    Square, in the historic centre of the Old Town of Warsaw. The mermaid is the symbol of

    Warsaw. This statue of the Mermaid is a copy. Due to vandalism, the original statue has

    been removed to the Historical Museum of Warsaw.

  2. Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Warsaw Barbican. The Barbican was built in the middle of the 16th century. The Barbican represents the...

    Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Warsaw Barbican.

    The Barbican was built in the middle of the 16th century. The Barbican represents the

    defensive walls and towers that once defended Warsaw. The Barbican was almost

    completely destroyed durring WWII, after the war it was restored with the preservation

    of the original fragments.

  3. Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Warsaw Barbican is the second largest barbican in Poland. The largest barbican in Poland is the...

    Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Warsaw Barbican is the second largest barbican in Poland.

    The largest barbican in Poland is the Kraków Barbican. The Warsaw Barbican was built in

    the middle of the 16th century. The Barbican was part of the defensive walls and towers that

    once defended Warsaw. The Barbican was surrounded by a deep moat. The Barbican was

    an impressive bastion manned by fusiliers.

  4. Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: One of the towers of the Warsaw Barbican. The Barbican was built in 1540 on the site of an earlier...

    Historic Centre of Warsaw: One of the towers of the Warsaw Barbican.

    The Barbican was built in 1540 on the site of an earlier gate. The Barbican took part

    in the defence of Warsaw in 1656. Not long after it, advances in military history made

    the Barbican obsolete. The Warsaw Barbican is the second largest barbican in Poland.

    The Historic Centre of Warsaw gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1980

  5. Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: A house on the Rynek Starego Miasta, the Market Square. The Rynek Starego Miasta was built in the 13th century....

    Historic Centre of Warsaw: A house on the Rynek Starego Miasta, the Market Square.

    The Rynek Starego Miasta was built in the 13th century. During World War II, after the

    Warsaw Uprising in 1944, the buildings around the square were destroyed by nazi troops.

    After WWII the buildings were restored with the preservation of the original fragments of

    the historic buildings.

  6. Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: Clock on the wall of the Simonetti House. Under the decorated clock is a memorial plaque for the...

    Historic Centre of Warsaw: Clock on the wall of the Simonetti House.

    Under the decorated clock is a memorial plaque for the remembrance of rebuilding the

    Old Town of Warsaw. The Simonetti House is located at the Market Square, the Rynek

    Starego Miasta, in the centre of the Old Town of Warsaw. The Historic Centre of Warsaw

    was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1980.

  7. Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Ulica Szeroki Dunaj street in Warsaw. The street almost looks like a small square. The street name...

    Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Ulica Szeroki Dunaj street in Warsaw.

    The street almost looks like a small square. The street name originates

    from a no longer existing spring, which rose from this place, the Dunaj.

    The Ulica Szeroki Dunaj street is located near the Barbican of Warsaw

    and the Rynek Starego Miasta, the Market Square. 

  8. Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: An early 18th century Rococo ornament depicting a galleon, it is located above a portal at the Świętojańska...

    Historic Centre of Warsaw: An early 18th century Rococo ornament depicting a galleon,

    it is located above a portal at the Świętojańska Street. During WWII, Warsaw was almost

    totally destroyed by nazi troops. After WWII Warsaw was reconstructed and restored with

    the preservation of the original fragments of the historic buildings. Warsaw literally rose like

    a phoenix from the ashes. The Historic Centre of Warsaw is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  9. Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: Dark clouds are hovering above the Plac Zamkowy (Castle Square), the Sigismund Column and the Royal Castle. The...

    Historic Centre of Warsaw: Dark clouds are hovering above the Plac Zamkowy

    (Castle Square), the Sigismund Column and the Royal Castle. The Sigismund Column

    was erected in 1644 in honour of King Sigismund III Vasa, who moved the capital city

    of Poland from Kraków to Warsaw. The Sigismund Column is a famous and one of the

    oldest monuments in Warsaw.

  10. Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Royal Castle was the official residence of the Polish monarchs. In the course of centuries, the...

    Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Royal Castle was the official residence of the Polish

    monarchs. In the course of centuries, the Royal Castle in Warsaw was destroyed and

    rebuilt several times. After the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 the Royal Castle in Warsaw 

    was destroyed by nazi troops. The decision to rebuild the Royal Castle was taken in

    1971. In 1984 the castle was opened to visitors.

  11. Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Warsaw National Stadium seen from the Old Town. The Warsaw National Stadium (Stadion Narodowy) was built for...

    Historic Centre of Warsaw: The Warsaw National Stadium seen from the Old Town.

    The Warsaw National Stadium (Stadion Narodowy) was built for the UEFA Euro 2012.

    On the left the Church of St. Anne. The Church of St. Anne ranks among the oldest

    buildings in Warsaw. The church was slightly damaged during a German air raid in 1939,

    later the roof was heavily damaged after the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 by nazi-troops.

  12. Historic Centre of Warsaw - Historic Centre of Warsaw: The urn containing the heart of Frédéric Chopin is immured in a pillar of the Church...

    Historic Centre of Warsaw: The urn containing the heart of Frédéric Chopin is immured in

    a pillar of the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw. When the Polish-born composer Frédéric

    Chopin died in Paris in 1849, his body was buried in Paris, but his heart was taken to Warsaw,

    as requested by Chopin on his deathbed. The heart of Chopin was sealed in a jar of cognac

    and brought to Warsaw by his sister. Only after ninety-six years, following several twists, the

    heart of Chopin was permanently transferred to the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw and

    immured in a pillar of the nave. The Church of the Holy Cross was heavily damaged during

    WWII, the plaque and the urn containing the heart of Frédéric Chopin had been hidden away.