Warsaw Poland Old Town
The Warsaw Old Town is the center of Old Warsaw. It is the one place that most tourists to Poland, tourists to Warsaw, Poland anyway, visit. The Warsaw Old Town is attractive in its own right but the history of the Old Town is also very interesting.
But first let us talk about the Warsaw Old Town itself. The Warsaw Old Town is located at the beginning of the Royal Road. (You can see information about the Warsaw Royal Road by going to this link.) It is the location of the Royal Castle, on the Castle Square and the Warsaw Old Market Square. Remains of the original defensive walls for Warsaw are still standing and well preserved. The Barbican is one part of the old defensive walls that you must see and one which you will probably photograph.
Everyone visits the Warsaw Old Town Market Square. It is filled with restaurants, gift shops and outdoor displays by artists and vendors. It bustles with life all year long.
The historical museum of Warsaw is also in the Warsaw Old Town Market Square. This is an attraction that is missed by many visitors because it sits quietly in a corner of the Warsaw Old Town Market Square. But it is a place that you should take the time to visit.
There are many galleries where you can buy amber and silver jewelry, crystal, religious art and other wonderful souvenirs. The galleries are in the main square in the streets behind it. Those back streets are quite as compared to the main square. But they are filled with small shops, galleries and restaurants that are great places to visit. Many of the restaurants in these back streets are favorites of locals and expats who know Warsaw. The offer some of the best traditional Polish food in Warsaw from well served businesses that have non-descript fronts. You almost have to know that they are restaurants to find them. But they are great.
One of the back streets, Nowomiejska, leads to the Warsaw City Gates, the fortified walls and the Barbican where the New Town starts. From there sloping streets lead you down to the River Wisla.
There are churches in the Old Town that have some beautiful art and stonework that you are likely to enjoy.
On Koscielna there is St. Mary's Church. Not only is the church beautiful, but the view from the courtyard across the River Wisla is remarkable in its own right.
St. John's Cathedral was once a small church. Polish Kings were coronated there and the May 3rd Constitution was adopted there. Nowadays organ music festivals are held there. Adjacent to it is the Jesuit Church that was built in the 17th Century.
Finally there is St. Martin's Church whose history goes back to the 14th Century.
The Royal Palace dominates Castle Square. Open to tourists since 1984, you can take a tour and see a classic example of superb Polish craftsmanship.
And what is most astounding, everything described here has been rebuilt after being destroyed by the Germans in World War II. It was leveled. Burned. Looted. Destroyed. And the Polish people put it back together piece by piece. The story of that reconstruction can be found in another page in this web site.
The Old Town of Warsaw is a very special place. It is the cultural salon of the City where outdoor concerts and dramatic performances are held. It is a quarter that is filled with cozy and romantic spots. Sytlish cafe's offer wonderful music and art is everywhere. After being destroyed the Old Town was rebuilt so carefully that in 1980 UNESCO added it to the World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage.
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