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Classical St. Alexander's Church, built on the plan of Roman Pantheon with two porticos stands at the southern end of Nowy Swiat, at the longitudinal Three Crosses Square, that is on the Royal Way from the Royal Catle to Wilanow Palace (Polish Versailles).
The church built in 1818 -1825 was named to praise Tzar Alexander I of Russia who was very friendly to Poland; probably thanks to his close friendship with Adam Czartoryski, a Polish noble and statesman whom the tzar de facto appointed the foreign minister of Russia. The church is often considered a symbol of friendship between Russians and Poles; but mostly not between their past rulers. I was told that a lot of people want to get marry in this church due to belief that it guarantees long and happy life. I've seen a wedding ceremony in this church.
Warsaw was incorporated into Kingdom of Prussia in 1795. In 1807 under Napoleon's rule so-called Duchy of Warsaw was created. After Napoleon's defeat in Moscow, Warsaw was occupied by Prussian and Russian troops until 1815 when the Congress of Vienna created the Congress Poland - the Kingdom of Poland (1815-1831) resting under Russian rule. Alexander became the King of Poland and people of Warsaw built a triumphal arch for him but the tzar didn't want it, so the arch was demolished and replaced by the church.
Then the church was enlarged and rebuilt. It looked quite different and more impressive before WWII - look here. But being badly damaged during Warsaw Uprising 1944, the church couldn't be rebuilt in previous larger size after WWII for political reasons. Anyway, it looks quite interesting both outside and inside (open my next pictures).
Address: Plac Trzech Krzyzy; 00-498 Warszawa; Polska
Directions: On the Royal Way, at the southern end of Nowy Swiat, at northern part of the Three Crosses Square. Map here Look for K. sw. Aleks.
Phone: +48 (22) 628 53 35
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