This part of the city is called New Town because it originated in the XV century so it is newer than its older counterpart. Just like it happened to the old town also the new town was completely destroyed during Warsaw Uprising by German bombardment and was built again after the war. On the Freta Ulica, the street which connects the old to the new town, there is the museum dedicated to Marie Curie who was born there.
I guess that many of you did not know that she was polish but naturalized French after her family emigrated to France. Her true name is, indeed, Maria Skłodowska. When we came here, on the Market Square there was a small although very lovely Easter Market called in Polish Jarmark Wielkanocny. There were many stands selling typical polish food and nice Easter decoration such as painted eggs but we ended up buying food, I expected this from my cousins and my father xD
Pomnik Powstania Warszawskiego
Warsaw Uprising Monument is dedicated to the movement of protest that led the Poles to rebel against the German invasion occurred in 1944, just before the end of the WWII. It is located on Krasinski Square near the Old Town. Just in front of this monument there is a beautiful church called Kościół Garnizonowy in Polish.
Praga District is located on the east bank of Wisła, or in english Vistula river, and was born as a separated entity from the city of Warsaw but later incorporated into it. To be honest Praga does not have much to offer but there is a really beautiful catholic church named after the patron saint of firefighters: St. Florian’s Cathedral (Katedra Świętego Michała Archanioła i Świętego Floriana).
Its towers can be seen from distance and represents the main feature of Praga District. As it happened to many other historic monuments in Warsaw, this church was destroyed by Germans during the Warsaw Uprising because it was used as shelter for Jews and then rebuilt after the war. Another place to be seen is the Orthodox Church. I had never seen an Orthodox Church before and I was quite impressed even if it is relatively small. I wanted to enter but unfortunately they were celebrating a Massa so I gave up xD
It is the most famous street in Poland surrounded by many historic palaces, churches and monuments. It starts just after the Castle Square and hosts many important Polish institutions like the Warsaw University and I guess some buildings where politicians work, I saw many expensive cars going around. While walking on this long street called Ulica Nowy Świat, meaning New World Street, we even encountered an unusual sight of soldiers marching in front of the Presidential Palace (Pałac Prezydencki).
We passed by many historic landmarks of Warsaw like the Kościół Opieki (Visitationist Church) built in Rococo style with a nice park nearby and the Bazylika Świętego Krzyża (Church of the Holy Cross) located near Warsaw University and the most important example of Baroque style in the Polish capital. We wanted to reach the Łazienki Park by foot walking through the Royal Route but it was too much far away so we opted to take the bus but unfortunately, as soon as we reached the park it started snowing…SNOW in APRIL! I was freezing! So I did not manage to see this place at all, I just took random photos xD
In the next article I will talk about my one day trip to Lodz and Wilanow Palace, a place not to miss in Poland’s capital 😀