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Warsaw - Old Town

Warsaw's Old Town Quarter - Art Photography

Warsaw's Old Town has been placed in UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites as "an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction
of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century."

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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. It is bounded by Wybrzeże Gdańskie, along the bank of the Vistula, and by Grodzka, Mostowa and Podwale Streets. 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. Surrounding streets feature medieval architecture such as the city walls, barbican and St. John's Cathedral. Until 1817 the Old Town's most notable feature was a Town Hall built before 1429. In 1701 the square was rebuilt by Tylman of Gameren, and in 1817 the Town Hall was demolished. Since the 19th century, the four sides of the Market Square have borne the names of four notable Poles who once lived on the respective sides: Ignacy Zakrzewski (south), Hugo Kollataj (west), Jan Dekert (north) and Franciszek Barss (east).

In the 19th century, during Warsaw's rapid growth, the Old Town lost its importance as the commercial and administrative hub of the city. In 1918 the Royal Castle once again became the seat of Poland's highest authorities - of the President of Poland and his chancellery. In late the 1930s, during the mayoralty of Stefan Starzynski, the municipal authorities began refurbishing the Old Town and restoring it to its former glory. The Barbican and the Old Town Market Place were partly restored. These efforts, however, were brought to an end by the outbreak of World War II. During 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 yet 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.

Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Old Town and City Walls
Old Town and City Walls
King Zygmunt's Column
King Zygmunt's Column
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle
Royal Castle
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town - Dziekania St.
Old Town - Dziekania St.
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Royal Castle
Royal Castle
Warsaw's Mermaid
Warsaw's Mermaid
St. Anna Church
St. Anna Church
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Old Town - City Walls
Old Town - City Walls
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Old Town - Piwna
Old Town - Piwna
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle
Royal Castle
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
Barbican of Warsaw
Barbican of Warsaw
Old Town - Zapiecek St.
Old Town - Zapiecek St.
Old Town - Zapiecek St.
Old Town - Zapiecek St.
Old Town - Barsa St.
Old Town - Barsa St.
Barbican of Warsaw
Barbican of Warsaw
Jan Kilinski Monument
Jan Kilinski Monument
Barbican of Warsaw
Barbican of Warsaw
Barbican of Warsaw
Barbican of Warsaw
St. John's Cathedral
St. John's Cathedral
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
City Walls
City Walls
Barbican of Warsaw
Barbican of Warsaw
Szeroki Dunaj
Szeroki Dunaj
Old Town & City Walls
Old Town & City Walls
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Barbican & City Walls
Barbican & City Walls
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Kanonia Street
Kanonia Street
Kanonia Street
Kanonia Street
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Brzozowa Street
Brzozowa Street
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Royal Castle
Royal Castle
Old Market Square
Old Market Square
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town
Old Town - Royal Castle
Old Town - Royal Castle
Barbican and City Wall
Barbican and City Wall
Sigismund's Column
Sigismund's Column
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
St. John's Cathedral
St. John's Cathedral
Barbican and City Wall
Barbican and City Wall
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Old Town Market Place
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Old Town View
Old Town View
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Old Town View
Old Town View
Old Town View
Old Town View
Royal Castle Square
Royal Castle Square
Jesuit Church
Jesuit Church
Old Town Market Square
Old Town Market Square
The Barbican
The Barbican