Culture of Warsaw. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Former Royal Castle, Warsaw You will need more than one day full of sightseeing if you want to see all the sights of Warsaw. Beautiful old castles and churches, interesting museums and galleries are visited by thousands of enthusiastic travelers every year. Alexander citadel is a striking historical monument. This is a majestic castle that was built in the second half of the 19th century by the order of Russian Tsar Nicholas I. In 1963 a historical museum was opened in the citadel. Here visitors can see a collection of unique documents, weapons and other priceless artifacts.
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Many interesting attractions can be found near Pilsudski Square. In the beginning of 20th century the square was the location of stunningly beautiful Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The height of the cathedral was 70 meters. For a long time the cathedral remained the tallest building in Warsaw. However, the cathedral was completely destroyed by the order of the city’s government. Today travelers can only enjoy photographs depicting it. A collection of old photos can be found in one of the city's museums. Prague district is also home to many interesting religious monuments. For example, guests will be amazed by the history of Mary Magdalene Church. It is very interesting and full of memorable events. Currently, the walls of the church exhibit several important religious shrines, which keep attracting pilgrims from different countries. Inner premises of the church are decorated with artful painting, which was created by best artists of the 19th century.
The city is also home to several ancient palaces, the most famous of which is the Royal Castle. The main building of the palace was built in 1618. During the long history of the palace its territory has expanded greatly and so new wings and outbuildings appeared there. All visitors are welcome to walk through most beautiful rooms of the palace, each of which has its own luxurious design. High painted ceilings, frescoes and colorful stained glass windows decorate spacious rooms of the palace. Without a doubt, the Throne Room is the most beautiful place of the palace. A part of the castle’s premises were converted into Art Museum. This museum exhibits a collection of paintings by Matejko, Bellotto, and Rembrandt. Copyright
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Castle Square is located just in front of the palace. The square has long become a permanent venue for major public events and celebrations. Among other architectural monuments of Warsaw which are worth visiting we can definitely recommend Vilyanuvsky Palace, Ujazdowski Castle, Ostrog Castle and Branitsky palace with its beautiful centuries-old garden.
The Palace of Culture and Science Very many things in Warsaw bring to mind the tragic events of bygone days – most especially, the Second World War. Monuments in honor of fallen heroes and Jews killed during the Holocaust can be seen throughout the city (Pomnik Powstania Warszawskiego, Grob Nieznanego Zolnierza, Pomnik Bohaterów Getta). There are as well as evidence of the existence of a ghetto on the territory of the capital of Poland (wall and boundary lines in the Warsaw ghetto area). In addition, several museums in Warsaw are devoted to this topic – Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, Muzeum Wojska Polskiego and POLIN Muzeum Historii ydów Polskich. Basically, all these monuments and museums are located in the area around Stare Miasto.
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In the very area of ​​the Old Town is located many interesting attractions for tourists – among them are restaurants, shops, and hotels. You should definitely walk through the district so as to get a feel of the special atmosphere. Here is also located the Taras Widokowy, the highest point in the city, which allows you to look at the capital of Warsaw, the Vistula River and the surrounding area from a bird’s-eye view and enjoy unbelievably beautiful views. In order to climb to the summit, you need to overcome 130 steps on a spiral staircase. However, it should be noted that the spectacle is definitely worth it.
The Le Meridien Bristol Hotel It is necessary to highlight another place for lovers of “sad romance” and places from which “the blood runs cold” (or “krew jest zimna”, as they would say here). We are referring to the Cmentarz Powązkowski, which was built about 200 years ago. Here you can find very beautiful tombstones, some of which can be considered real works of art. Besides this, famous people are buried here. Aside from this cemetery, there are as well two more, both of which are also located within the territory of the Cmentarz Powązkowski. They are; Cmentarz Zydowski, where the victims of the Holocaust are buried, and Cmentarz Ewangelicko – Augsburski, where those who fought for the Protestant faith found their last refuge.
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There is also something on offer, courtesy of Warsaw museums. It is worth visiting the Muzeum Domków dla Lalek, where you can look at dollhouses, which by definition are works of art. Not only do children like it here – adults are as well fascinated by the exhibits too. One of the prominent scientists in Poland was Nicolaus Copernicus, so it is not surprising that the museum dedicated to science (Centrum Nauki Kopernik) was named after him. Here, through interactive exhibit games, visitors get acquainted with the world of science. The youngest visitors are sure to like experience such as this very much. It is recommended to visit the Horror House only if you have no serious phobias and fears – the place will be remembered for a long time, but it is better for overly impressionable people not to go through such an experience.
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Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw

Location on the map:     Facts:
» The Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in Poland.
» The building was constructed using the model of Soviet Stalinist skyscrapers as a gift of the Soviet Union to the Polish people.
» Nowadays, the Palace of Culture and Science is one of the ten highest skyscrapers of the European Union.
» The height of this 42-storey skyscraper is almost 168 meters, or 237 meters with a spire. The building has 3,288 rooms.
» Today the skyscraper serves as the office building and the exhibition center; the headquarters of a number of companies and government agencies are situated there. The Palace of Culture and Science houses cinemas, museums, bookstores, academic institutions, pools, theater and the largest conference room in Poland serving up to 3,000 people.
» The 30th floor of the building at a height of 114 meters has an observation deck offering panorama of the city.

Royal Castle, Warsaw

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» The Royal Castle is the architectural and historical monument built in 1598-1618 by the order of the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Sigismund Vasa at the site of a medieval castle of the princes of Mazovia.
» The palace was built in shape of a pentagon and attracted attention with its 60-meter Sigismund’s Tower.
» The building of the royal castle, which we see these days, is a reconstruction of the castle burned in 1939 and blown up by the Germans in 1944.
» The castle is a monument of national culture, the place of exposure of permanent and temporary exhibitions of ancient art, but also a place of formal meetings, a venue for concerts, workshops and the like.
» Currently, you can see paintings by Rembrandt and Matejko, old views of Warsaw by Bellotto, and the urn containing the ashes of Tadeusz Kosciuszko in the palace museum.

Holy Cross Church, Warsaw

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» The Basilica of the Holy Cross is the Catholic church built in 1679 - 1696 in Baroque style.
» Columns of the temple house the urn with the hearts of Frederic Chopin and Wladyslaw Reymont.
» In 1944, during the Warsaw Uprising, the church was severely damaged; the facade of the building was destroyed along with arches and the altar, The Lord's Supper and The Crucifixion were damaged too.
» After the uprising the church was blown up by the Germans in January 1945.
» In the period from 1945 to 1953, the church was restored, but interior has undergone some changes, neither baroque nor frescoes have survived. The main altar was restored between 1960 and 1972.
» In 2002, Pope John Paul II has given the status of the minor basilica to the Church of the Holy Cross.

Field Cathedral, Warsaw

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Field Cathedral is the garrison church and cathedral of the Field Ordinariate of the Polish Army.
» The church has organs of the 19th century and the images by Michael Willmann, the famous German painter of Baroque style. The Mausoleum of the defenders of the fatherland is to the left and the Katyn Chapel is situated to the right.
» In 1835 - 1837 the church was rebuilt and adapted to the Orthodox liturgy. Baroque decoration was deleted and bells were hung in towers.
» After the restoration of independence in 1919, the Polish authorities have returned the church to the Catholics, and intended it for the department of the Polish Army.
» The church was badly damaged during the war, but it began to recover in 1946 - 1960 under the leadership of Leon Marek Suzin.
» During the war, the statue of the Virgin Mary Queen of Poland has miraculously survived.

Carmelite Church, Warsaw

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» The Carmelite Church is located in the historic center of Warsaw, in the Krakow suburb. This is one of the most famous churches in the city constructed in Baroque style with elements of Rococo and Classicism.
» The church was built in shape of a Latin cross with main and two side naves.
» The main portal of the church is decorated with carvings of black and greenish marble, and the coat of arms of the Princes Radziwill is placed over the portal.
» There were two bell towers on each side of the façade; new bells were installed in 2000.
» The facade is topped with a copper sphere with the gilded hostia on it.
» Interior of the church is adorned in style of Late Baroque with Rococo elements. The walls and the main altar of the church are decorated with paintings by the famous painter of the 18th century, Shimon Chekhovich and Polish artist Franciszek Smuglevich. Gilded ceiling is decorated with gorgeous stucco.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Warsaw

Old Town
Where: Rynek Starego Miasta, Warsaw;
Royal Castle
Where: Plac Zamkowy 4, Warsaw; Telephone: +48 22 355 51 70;
Park Lazienki
Where: Ulica Agrykoli 1, Warsaw; Telephone: +48 22 621 62 41; Opening hours: The palace is open Tuesday-Sunday 9.00-16.00;
Pawiak Prison Museum
Where: Ul. Dzielna 24-26, Warsaw; Telephone: +48 22 831 13 17;
Chopin Museum
Where: Ul. Okólnik 1, Warsaw; Telephone: +48 22 826 59 35;
Historical Museum Of Warsaw
Where: Rynek Starego Miasta 28-42, Warsaw; Telephone: +48 22 635 16 25;
The National Museum
Where: Aleja Jerozolimskie 3, Warsaw; Telephone: +48 22 629 30 93;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Warsaw
♥   Palace 'Krasiński’s Palace' Warsaw, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palace of the Four Winds' Warsaw, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Sapieha Palace in Warsaw' , 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Tin-roofed Palace' Warsaw, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Saxon Palace' Warsaw, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Presidential Palace' Warsaw, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Czapski Palace' Warsaw, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Warsaw and around
♥   Art museum 'Lanckoroński Collection in the Royal Castle' Warsaw, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Academy of Fine Arts Museum inside Czapski Palace' Warsaw, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'National Museum' Warsaw, 2.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Warsaw
♥   Bazylika św. Krzyża, Warszawa, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika Katedralna św. Michała Archanioła i św. Floriana Męczennika, Warszawa-Praga, 2.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika Najswietszego Serca Jezusowego, Warszawa-Praga, 4.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika Świętej Trójcy, Kobyłka, 16.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika Zwiastowania NMP, Czerwińsk nad Wisłą, 49.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazylika Zwiastowania NMP, Pułtusk, 51.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Warsaw

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