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Jola Dziubinska | profile | all galleries >> POLAND - MY BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY >> WARSAW, POLAND >> OLD TOWN & NEW TOWN tree view | thumbnails | slideshow | map

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OLD TOWN & NEW TOWN


Warsaw has two historic districts, called Old Town and New Town. They are adjacent to each other and the newer section is almost as old as the Old Town.

Warsaw's OLD TOWN (Polish: Stare Miasto, "Starowka") is the oldest part of the city of Warsaw and one of its most prominent tourist attractions. The heart of the area is the Old Town Market Place, with its unique traditional Polish restaurants, cafés and shops. Surrounding streets feature medieval architecture such as the city walls, barbican and St. John's Cathedral.
During the World War II and the Invasion of Poland (1939), much of the district was badly damaged by the German Luftwaffe, which targeted the city's residential areas and historic landmarks in a campaign of terror bombing. Following the Siege of Warsaw, parts of the Old Town were rebuilt, but immediately after the Warsaw Uprising (August-October 1944) what had been left standing was systematically blown up by the German Army. A statue commemorating the Uprising, "the Little Insurgent," now stands on the Old Town's medieval city wall.
After World War II, the Old Town was again meticulously rebuilt. As many of the original bricks were reused as possible. The rubble was sifted for reusable decorative elements, which were reinserted into their original places. Bernardo Bellotto's 18th-century vedute, as well as Interbellum architecture students' drawings, were used as essential guides in the reconstruction effort.


Warsaw's NEW TOWN (Polish: Nowe Miasto) was initially established to curb the unchecked growth that had snowballed beyond the city walls. Hence the New Town, founded in 1402, was given its own charter and corporation along the lines of its elder brother. A market square and town hall were built and a number of churches and monasteries sprung up. It was not fortified in contrast to the Old Town. The New Town was merged with the rest of the city in 1791.
Like the Old Town, the New Town was systematically destroyed by the Germans during World War II and was rebuilt after the war.
Zygmunt's Column
Zygmunt's Column
The Royal Castle
The Royal Castle
The Barbican
The Barbican
The Walls
The Walls
Zygmunt's Column
Zygmunt's Column
Monument to Jan Kilinski
Monument to Jan Kilinski
Monument To The Little Upriser
Monument To The "Little Upriser"
The Royal Castle & The Walls
The Royal Castle & The Walls
The Walls
The Walls
The Barbican Tower
The Barbican Tower
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
Warsaw Mermaid
Warsaw Mermaid
Old Town Street
Old Town Street
The Old Town Market Square
The Old Town Market Square
Old Town Clock
Old Town Clock
Old Town Clock
Old Town Clock
Old Town Sundial
Old Town Sundial
The Old Town Market Square
The Old Town Market Square
The Old Town Market Square
The Old Town Market Square
The Old Town Market Square
The Old Town Market Square
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town Street
Old Town Street
Old Town Tiny Street
Old Town Tiny Street
Old Town - Cathedral
Old Town - Cathedral
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town Street
Old Town Street
Church of St. Benon
Church of St. Benon
New Town Arcades
New Town Arcades
Church of Our Mary Lady
Church of Our Mary Lady
Church of Our Mary Lady
Church of Our Mary Lady
Church of Saint Casimir
Church of Saint Casimir
Church of Our Mary Lady
Church of Our Mary Lady
Church of Our Mary Lady
Church of Our Mary Lady
New Town Square
New Town Square
New Town
New Town
Church of Our Mary Lady
Church of Our Mary Lady
Church of Saint Casimir
Church of Saint Casimir
New Town Square
New Town Square
The Walls
The Walls
Old Town Houses
Old Town Houses
Bell On Kanonia Square
Bell On Kanonia Square
Old Town Market Square
Old Town Market Square
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town Clock
Old Town Clock
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town Walls
Old Town Walls
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town Bazyliszek
Old Town Bazyliszek
Old Town Houses
Old Town Houses
The Barbican And Old Town
The Barbican And Old Town
The Barbican Gate
The Barbican Gate
The Barbican
The Barbican
Old Town Street
Old Town Street
Old Town Walls
Old Town Walls
The Barbican Tower
The Barbican Tower
The Barbican
The Barbican
The Barbican
The Barbican
Old Town And Barbican
Old Town And Barbican
Church of St. Benon
Church of St. Benon
New Town
New Town
Church of Our Mary Lady
Church of Our Mary Lady
Mostowa Street
Mostowa Street
Church of Our Mary Lady Arch
Church of Our Mary Lady Arch
Old Town Street
Old Town Street
Old Town And The Walls
Old Town And The Walls
Zygmunt's Column
Zygmunt's Column
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Brzozowa Street
Brzozowa Street
At The City Walls
At The City Walls
Old Town
Old Town
Warsaw Old Town  Mermaid
Warsaw Old Town Mermaid
Kanonia Square In Old Town
Kanonia Square In Old Town
Royal Castle Square With A Couple
Royal Castle Square With A Couple
Old Town View
Old Town View
Narrowest House In Europe
Narrowest House In Europe
Royal Castle
Royal Castle
Old Town Reflection
Old Town Reflection
Royal Castle Square With Buddy Bears
Royal Castle Square With Buddy Bears
Royal Sunset
Royal Sunset
Old Town Market Square
Old Town Market Square
Old Town Alley
Old Town Alley
Nowomiejska Street And Mostowa Street
Nowomiejska Street And Mostowa Street
Church of St. Casimir
Church of St. Casimir
New Town Market Square
New Town Market Square
Dluga Street
Dluga Street
Church of Our Mary Lady
Church of Our Mary Lady
Carriage At Freta Street
Carriage At Freta Street
Houses At  New Town Market Square
Houses At New Town Market Square
Down The Mostowa Street
Down The Mostowa Street
Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street
Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street
Old Town Houses
Old Town Houses
Old Town Walls
Old Town Walls
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Sunny Afternoon At Castle Square
Sunny Afternoon At Castle Square
Old Town Under The Clouds
Old Town Under The Clouds
City Sparrows
City Sparrows
Cloudy Sky
Cloudy Sky
Old Town And The Walls
Old Town And The Walls
Royal Castle
Royal Castle
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Old Town Resident
Old Town Resident
Old Town Carriage
Old Town Carriage
Trapped
Trapped
Rain Over Old Town Market Square
Rain Over Old Town Market Square
Old Town Square At Rainy Afternoon
Old Town Square At Rainy Afternoon
City Walls And Barbican
City Walls And Barbican
Mostowa Street
Mostowa Street
Motorbikes On Royal Castle Square
Motorbikes On Royal Castle Square
Old Town Defensive Wall
Old Town Defensive Wall
Skateboarders On Royal Castle Square
Skateboarders On Royal Castle Square
Old Town Windows
Old Town Windows
King In The Clouds
King In The Clouds
Old Town Walls
Old Town Walls
Royal Castle and Old Town
Royal Castle and Old Town
Walls And Windows
Walls And Windows
Horsecar
Horsecar
Old Town Market Square
Old Town Market Square
Freta Street In New Town
Freta Street In New Town
New Town Corner
New Town Corner
Sunny Sunday Castle
Sunny Sunday Castle
Sunny Sunday Walk
Sunny Sunday Walk
New Town Market Square
New Town Market Square
Snow Family In New Town
Snow Family In New Town
The Royal Castle At Blue Sky
The Royal Castle At Blue Sky
Old Town Houses
Old Town Houses
Nowomiejska Street
Nowomiejska Street
Barbican In Winter
Barbican In Winter
St. John's Cathedral
St. John's Cathedral
Sunset Clouds Over The Castle Square
Sunset Clouds Over The Castle Square
The Barbican
The Barbican
The Royal Route
The Royal Route
Old Town Houses
Old Town Houses
Evening Light
Evening Light
The Castle Square
The Castle Square
The Royal Castle
The Royal Castle
The Castle Square
The Castle Square
The Castle Square
The Castle Square
Old Town Market Square
Old Town Market Square
St. Ann's Church
St. Ann's Church
Royal Castle And Old Town
Royal Castle And Old Town
Old Town Bikes
Old Town Bikes
Castle Square
Castle Square
Old Town Street
Old Town Street
Zygmunt's Column At The Castle Square
Zygmunt's Column At The Castle Square
Old Town And Royal Castle
Old Town And Royal Castle
From Orange To Blue
From Orange To Blue
Old Town In Rain
Old Town In Rain
Old Town And Barbican
Old Town And Barbican
Castle Square
Castle Square
Old Town
Old Town
Two Towers
Two Towers
Castle Square And Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Castle Square And Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Walking To The Old Town
Walking To The Old Town
Old Town Colors
Old Town Colors
The Royal Castle
The Royal Castle
Royal Castle Spires
Royal Castle Spires
Castle Square Ahead
Castle Square Ahead
Restaurants And Coffee Bars
Restaurants And Coffee Bars
Drop A Dime - Take A Ride
Drop A Dime - Take A Ride
Carriage Or Bus?
Carriage Or Bus?
Stone Stairway
Stone Stairway
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Carriage
Old Town Carriage
New Town - Mostowa Street
New Town - Mostowa Street
New Town Market Place
New Town Market Place
Old Town
Old Town
Castle Square In Painting
Castle Square In Painting
Old Town Framed
Old Town Framed
Old Town Behind The Walls
Old Town Behind The Walls
Walking The Royal Route
Walking The Royal Route
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
St. Ann's Church
St. Ann's Church
The Walls And The Castle
The Walls And The Castle
New Town Market Place
New Town Market Place
Old Town
Old Town
The Barbican
The Barbican
 Old Town And Royal Castle
Old Town And Royal Castle
Old Town Churches
Old Town Churches
King Of The Clouds
King Of The Clouds
Old Town And The Walls
Old Town And The Walls
Old Town Framed
Old Town Framed
Churches Behind The Walls Of Old Town
Churches Behind The Walls Of Old Town
Old Brick Arch
Old Brick Arch
Old Town Churches
Old Town Churches
Blue And Yellow Corner
Blue And Yellow Corner
The Barbican
The Barbican
Church Of Saint Casimir
Church Of Saint Casimir
The Barbican
The Barbican
Old Town Houses
Old Town Houses
The Castle Square From Ant's View
The Castle Square From Ant's View
Stepping Up To Old Town
Stepping Up To Old Town
St. Ann Church
St. Ann Church
New Town Market Place
New Town Market Place
Churches Behind The Walls
Churches Behind The Walls
Old Town Walls And The Castle
Old Town Walls And The Castle
Warsaw Old Town Walls
Warsaw Old Town Walls
Old Town Houses
Old Town Houses
The Castle Square
The Castle Square
Old Town Windows
Old Town Windows
Long Shadows
Long Shadows
Didgeridoo Man
Didgeridoo Man
Old Town Houses
Old Town Houses
The Carmelite Church
The Carmelite Church
Sigismund's Column
Sigismund's Column
The Barbican And Old Town
The Barbican And Old Town
Clouds Like Smoke From The Cimneys
Clouds Like Smoke From The Cimneys
Holding Hands
Holding Hands
Church Of Saint Casimir
Church Of Saint Casimir
Making The Movie In Old Town
Making The Movie In Old Town
City 44
City 44
Movie Making In Old Town
Movie Making In Old Town
Movie Making In Old Town
Movie Making In Old Town
Movie Making In Old Town
Movie Making In Old Town
The Barbican And Old Town Walls
The Barbican And Old Town Walls
Old Town In Afternoon Light
Old Town In Afternoon Light
The Castle Square
The Castle Square
St. Ann's Church And Royal Castle
St. Ann's Church And Royal Castle
Monument To Adam Mickiewicz
Monument To Adam Mickiewicz
Awesome Sky Over Castle Square
Awesome Sky Over Castle Square
The Castle Square And St. Ann Church
The Castle Square And St. Ann Church
Roofs And Windows
Roofs And Windows
The Castle Square
The Castle Square
The Castle Square And Old Town
The Castle Square And Old Town
Old Town Walls
Old Town Walls
Leaning Over The Wall
Leaning Over The Wall
A Tree On The Wall
A Tree On The Wall
Old Town Market Square
Old Town Market Square
Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street
Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street
Old Town - Piwna Street
Old Town - Piwna Street
Old Town Street
Old Town Street
Old Town Corner
Old Town Corner
The Royal Castle
The Royal Castle
The Barbican
The Barbican
Old Town Narrow Street
Old Town Narrow Street
Old Town Architecture
Old Town Architecture
Old Town Architecture
Old Town Architecture
Athlete
Athlete