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Check, ask in a tourist office or your hotel lobby (link to Polish webpage at the bottom) whether there are any organ concerts in Warsaw churches, especially in St. John's basilica where there were combined tours in summer 2005: 25 min. organ concert, a self-guided tour to the basilica's crypt and to the Exhibition Room of the primate of Poland Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski (Mon to Sat at noon, 8 zl = 2.1 euros). Unfortunatelly I was on the wrong time but once I visited the crypt where famous Poles are burried including Wyszynski and:
1. Gabriel Naturowicz, the first elected President of the Republic of Poland and the only one assasinated, five days after his inauguration in December 1922.
2. Henryk Sienkiewicz, a Nobel Prize winner writer; for the very crazy VT-ers interested in Poland's and Lithuanian history I do recommend his books to read or movies based on them to watch (more fun :-): With Fire and Sword, The Deluge and Pan Wolodyjowski aka Fire in the Steppe - all available in good internet bookstories.
3. the great pianist, composer, politician, diplomat and the third Prime Minister of Poland Ignacy Jan Paderewski. When I visited the crypt his ashes were still placed in the USS Maine Memorial at the Arlington Cemetery which I visited in 2004 that was after coming back the remains of Paderewski to Poland (details in the tip Thank you America!).
4. Stanislaw August Poniatowski, the last king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1764-1795) whose remains were transferred from St. Petersburg (Leningrad that time) to his birthplace Wolczyn, Poland in 1938 and finally to Warsaw where he had great symbolic funeral in 1995.
Address: Ul. Swietojanska 8; 00-288 Warszawa; Poland
Directions: In the Old Town, walk Swietojanska St. from the Castle Square, on the left. Map here. Look for Bazylika Archukatedrakna sw. Jana Chrzciciela.
Phone: +48 (22) 831 02 89
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