Stare Miasto, the historic center in Warsaw

Posted by on November 19, 2012

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Every city has a business card, a part you must absolutely see even if you have access to a handful of hours and the business card of Warsaw is Stare Miasto, the historic center of the city. Old town rebuilt after the Nazis had destroyed the old town, rebuilt using as far as possible the materials of the city destroyed by the war, using the paintings in the city of Bernardo Bellotto (XVIII century), and the designs of architecture students. The historic center is now protected by UNESCO.

Stare Miasto

Stare Miasto

Stare Miasto Old Town

Stare Miasto Old Town

Stare Miasto was developed around the castle and was surrounded by walls where today remains the only Barbican, the fortified gate that connected the old city with the new city (we are talking of the sixteenth century). But the most lively of the old town was the market square, Rynek Starego Miasta onto which were the buildings (these reconstructed) of the ancient merchants in Warsaw.

Stare Miasto Mermaid

Stare Miasto Mermaid

Stare Miasto Mermaid Statue

Stare Miasto Mermaid Statue

Castle Square, the Royal Castle and Sigismund’s Column and then the market square and the maze of narrow streets and alleyways that branch off it like the threads of a spider web, Pod Blacha Palace, the Cathedral of St. John, St. Martin’s Church, and so forth are just some of the key points to orient a long walk, especially since most of Stare Miasto was pedestrianized.

Stare Miasto pedestrian street

Stare Miasto pedestrian street

Stare Miasto lantern

Stare Miasto lantern

One idea would be to start your visit at Stare Miasto watching from above, perhaps from the Palace of Science and Culture (where you can also see areas built during the communist period). The old town is full of restaurants and cafes which normally cost 10 zotly (adoption of the euro has been postponed to 2015) while a half-liter beer can cost from 5 to 15 zotly. Panoramic view of the historic center.

Stare Miasto Twilight

Stare Miasto Twilight

Stare Miasto Belvedere

Stare Miasto Belvedere

Stare Miasto photos: Roman Staszewski, Mateusz Wesolowski, Sonia Blanco, Erik Witsoe, Maciej Nadstazik, Gaetano Roberto, welwynjon, zonenfred.

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