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November 20, 2011
From journal Another mixed bag of Warsaw attractions
March 31, 2011
From journal A few more Warsaw attractions to make a note of
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January 24, 2007
From journal Love and Warsaw
Carshalton, United Kingdom
August 16, 2006
From journal Winter in Warsaw
September 12, 2002
From journal Weekend in Warsaw
June 7, 2002
The Old Town dates back to around 1300 and the first documented account of the city walls is dated 1339, although the oldest surviving part of the wall is the imposing Barbican on ul Podwale which only dates back to the 15th century. Also mentioned in the 1339 document is the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, now St John’s Cathedral this 14th century Gothic building has an uninspiring crypt, home to the Moravian Dukes can, that be viewed for 1 zloty.
The main approach to the Old Town is up the Krakowskie Przedmieocie where, after passing through the gap in the city wall, you will find yourself in Plac Zamkowy. The Plac is dominated by the 1644 King Sigismund III’s Column honoring the 16th century monarch who moved the country’s capital to Warsaw in 1596, and on the eastern side is his Royal Castle, reconstructed 1971-81, that is home to a museum.
The highlight of the Old Town is the Rynek Starego Miasta (Old Town Market Square), centered on the 1855 Old Town Mermaid Monument the square consists of a collection of market stalls, open air cafes and buskers surrounded by some of the city’s most impressively restored buildings. The effect is somewhat marred by the giant advertising billboard that hangs on the front of the Historical Museum on the northeast side of the square.
The delicate reconstruction work of the Polish artisans was honored in 1980 when the old town was included on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites and is an essential stop off on any visit to Poland.
From journal Warsaw: Poland's Reconstructed Heart
New York, New York
July 4, 2001
After a short rest, I headed on toward the Rynek Starego Miasta (old town square), which is a pretty and colorful sight. The square was reconstructed after WWII, when most of Warsaw was destroyed by bombs, and they really did a nice job of it. In the center, there's a mermaid statue, an icon of sorts of Warsaw. Not wanting to leave this beautiful square so soon, I found a nice sunny spot at the Metal Bar, one of the many bars/cafes around the square, and enjoyed a nice cold beer. Once refreshed, I set out to explore the narrow streets of the old town, passing numerous restaurants, shops and souvenir stands.
During my whole stay in Poland, I never saw so many American tourists as I did in Warsaw, particularly in the old town. Though this is a beautiful place to see, it seems a shame that not many got beyond Warsaw to see many of the beautiful, smaller cities and towns of Poland.
From journal One day in Warsaw