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Warsaw, Poland

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Warsaw Attractions

Despite the fact that much of Warsaw was destroyed during World War II, it has still managed to maintain most of its historical landmarks and icons.  Warsaw attractions are impressive and simply magnificent.  And because of the fact that many important collections were moved to the city for protection, visitors today can now enjoy them at museums and in public places. 

Landmarks
If you’re fascinated by architecture, you’ll want to see the Royal Castle.  Its baroque design dates to the 14th century when it became the residence of Poland’s monarchs.  Today, tourists can walk through its various rooms and view the Gobelin tapestries, furnishings and porcelain from the period.  It’s one of the Warsaw attractions that reflect the country’s early periods. 

Another not to be missed of the Warsaw attractions is St. John’s Cathedral.  It was built in the 15th century and is said to be the oldest religious institution in Poland.  It was the site of all coronations and the final resting place of King Stanislaw August Poniatowski.  It also houses the crypts of notable Polish citizens.  After the cathedral was destroyed, it was refurbished in a beautiful gothic style. 

As you tour the city, you’ll see different monuments of significance.  One of the important Warsaw attractions is King Sigismund’s Column which sits proud in the center of Zamkowy Square.  It was erected to pay homage to the king who made Warsaw the capital of the Nation.  The statue was made of bronze in 1664. 

Also of crucial importance among Warsaw attractions is the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto.  This special icon exists in honor of the Jewish resistance who fought the German troops.  It’s located in the infamous square that was once the center of the Warsaw Ghetto.  It’s interesting to note that the granite used in the project was originally ordered by Hitler from Sweden.  He had planned to build a monument to celebrate the victory of the Third Reich. 

And if you’re a music lover, you’ll want to make a stop at the St. Krzyk Church, a popular Warsaw attraction where Frederick Chopin’s heart is buried.  You’ll also have the opportunity to view the crypt that holds the remains of writer and Nobel Prize Winner Wladyslaw Reymont. 

Museums
Travelers will find that the selection of museums in Warsaw is amazing.  There’s a topic for every interest.  You might want to start with the National Museum.  It ranks among the prestigious Warsaw attractions and features works from ancient times to the present.   
You’ll need plenty of time to see all the galleries showcasing paintings by Monet, the works of Warhol and others just as famous. 

Perhaps moving on to a visit to the Jewish History Institute will be of interest to you.  Its displays are comprised of paintings, sculptures and photographs from World War II as well as life in the ghetto. 

Parks
Of the 83 parks throughout the city, Lazienki is one of the frequented Warsaw attractions.  It houses a palace once used by the royal family as a summer getaway.   

 

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