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"Chopin benches" Culture Tip by Dabs

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  Chopin bench
by Dabs

In celebration of composer Frederic Chopin's 200th birthday, there are 15 black granite benches placed around Warsaw at sites that are connected with his life. Each bench has a button you can press to hear a 30 second snippet of one of his compositions, a route map and an explanation regarding what connection that place has to the life of Chopin. Chopin was born near Warsaw and lived there until he was in his early 20s. He moved to Paris where he died in 1849 at the age of 39, having never returned to Poland. He is buried at Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris but his heart was removed and was returned to Warsaw, buried in a pillar at Holy Cross Church.

I don't travel with a phone but several sources say that each one has a special code where you can take a picture with your phone, send to the instructed number and get free access to Chopin melodies, facts, figures and photographs.

Some of the places you can find the benches include Krasinskich Square, where Chopin performed his f-minor concerto in 1830; Miodowa and Kozia Street, where Chopin was a frequenter of cafes; the Radziwill Palace, where 8-year-old Chopin gave his first public concert; Saski Park, where little Chopin used to play; Nowy Swiat near the Zamoyski Palace where one of Chopin's sisters used to live; Lazienki Park near the Chopin Monument.

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  • Updated Jul 6, 2010
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