"Saint Jan's cathedral" Warsaw Things to Do Tip by Pavlik_NL
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Saint Jan's (John) cathedral is historically seen the main church of the Warszawian people. Poland is a very catholic country, especially after the long period of "their" pope John-Paul II, that not only was a very popular pope in general, but a very beloved pope by the Polish people. He - among many others - personally stood for the slow fading of the cold war and the fall of the iron curtain. The cathedral of Warszawa that is hidden in the narrow alleys of the rebuilt old centre, knows a dramatic past. After the already devistating Nazi attacks on Warszawa, the evacuation and razzia's, the bombing ... it still wasn't enough. Saint Jan's cathedral miraculously survived all these awful deeds. So, the Nazi's drove in a small miniature tank stuffed with explosives and blew up the cathedral. A part of the tank's caterpillar is visible in the wall of the church, that rose up again like a Phoenix, just like Warszawa itself did. Inside one can visit the crypte, where several Polish nobility are burried, as well as some other Polish famous people.
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