"Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta)" Old Town Tip by Airpunk

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  Warsaw Market Square
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  • Warsaw Market Square - Warsaw
      Warsaw Market Square
    by Airpunk
  • Warsaw Market Square - Warsaw
      Warsaw Market Square
    by Airpunk
  • Warsaw Market Square - Warsaw
      Warsaw Market Square
    by Airpunk
  • Warsaw Market Square - Warsaw
      Warsaw Market Square
    by Airpunk
 

Warsaw was just a mid-sized town in Poland until it became the Royal Residence in 1596. The title of the capital was not achieved until the 19th century. That is the main reason why the market square is relatively small compared to those of Krakow or Wroclaw for example. Nevertheless, it became a pretty square until it was destroyed by the Nazis during the last years of the Second World War. The town hall was already pulled down in 1817 after a fire. The four sides of the square have the names of important 19th century political figures. These are Barss, Kollataj, Zakrzewski and Dekert. Buildings were reconstructed in the 16th and 17th century in renaissance style, very few of the original Gothic buildings remain, especially after the WWII destruction.
After the war it was completely reconstructed. The buildings became popular with the new Bohème of Warsaw from the 1980s on and attracted artists of all kinds. Note that some of the higher buildings have extensions looking like little houses placed on top of the building. Markets still take place regularly and you will find a lot of cafés as well as some museums on the square.

Directions: Right in the middle of the old town
Phone: +48 22 355 51 70
Website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/30

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  • Written Oct 25, 2011
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