"Walk along Miodowa St" Top 5 Page for this destination Walking Tip by evaanna
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Miodowa street, leading from Krakowskie Przedmiescie to Krasinskis' Square, is exceptional in that it is all listed. Dating back to the 15th century, it was famous for its gingerbread shops and, as Polish gingerbread is made with honey, that is how it got its name. (Miodowa = honey). In the 17th century it also bore the name of Palace Street as it was a favourite with Polish aristocracy, comprising 13 well-appointed residences ('palaces'), 7 of which are still there, rebuilt after war damage. The reconstruction could be done perfectly largely due to the detailed 18th century painting of the street by Bernardo Bellotto, aka Canaletto, the royal painter to Poland's last king Stanislaw August Poniatowski.
The street also has three churches, the most interesting of which is the 17th century Capuchins' Church founded by Jan III Sobieski, with a chapel containing the urn with his heart.
I used to be taken to this church as a child to see their Christmas Crib, a wonderful performance with moving figures and all. It is still there so, if you come to Warsaw at the right time of year, don't let your children miss it.
Unfortunately, not all the residences in the street have been re-built. Right over the place where now is the tunnel of Trasa W-Z (the East-West Route) there used to be Tepper's Palace, where, during a ball given by Talleyrand in his honour, Napoleon Bonaparte met Maria Walewska. Looking from this place to the west you can see the Monument to the Heroes of Warsaw, representing Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. For more pictures of the street, see my travelogue.
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