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Presentation of Polish Cities

WARSZAWA

WARSZAWA, Poland's Capital


Warsaw, Poland's Capital City, rebuilt after its total destruction during Second World War, and is the country's chief economic and cultural centre. Its visitors' showpieces are the Royal Castle and Old City, the Royal Way, and the suburban royal residences at Lazienki and Wilanow.

CITY SIGHTSEEING

Starting from the square in front of the Castle (Plac Zamkowy) with its landmark, the Column of Sigismundus III Vasa (1587-1632), the monarch who transferred the capital from Krakow to Warsaw, we proceed to the Royal Castle, where we visit the apartments of Stanislaw August Poniatowski, Poland's last king (1764-1795) and view his collections of Canaletto and Bacciarelli. Within the narrow confines of the Old City we see the l5th century Cathedral Church of St. John and the Jesuit Church and House. The "Trakt Krolewski" is the Royal Way out to the country residence of King John III Sobieski at Wilanow. Warsaw's wartime history is commemorated by the Monument Lazienki Palace to the Heroes of the Ghetto (unveiled 1948) in the Zamenhofa street, and the Second World War Memorial Museum, which stands on the site of the former Pawiak Prison (1939-44). The capital's most beautiful edifice is the Lazienki Palace, a Neo-Classical lakeside extravaganza now housing a branch of the National Museum and frequently graced by outdoor piano concerts at the foot of the statue of Chopin.

LOCAL EXCURSION FROM WARSAW

1. ZELAZOWA WOLA (49 km)

Rendezvous for the world's music lovers and performers. Birthplace of Frederic Chopin (1810). Summer concerts performed by world-famous pianists.

2. ARKADIA

Pre-Romantic Sentimentalist park founded by Helena Radziwillowa, properties of Nieborow, with Early Romantic follies and numerous relics of ancient and Renaissance sculptures.

3. NIEBOROW

Magnificent stately home, now housing the Warsaw branch of the National Museum. Collection of antique sculpture, Nieborow china, paintings, and old prints. Grounds partly under French geometric garden, partly landscape garden with ancient sculptures.

4. LOWICZ

Fantastically colourful folk costume country, with folk music and dancing. Traditional cut-out patterns, Easter eggs, and embroidery still made in the surrounding villages. The town goes back to the Middle Ages, and now lodges a branch of the National Museum showing the folk arts and crafts, and a mini-skansen. Highlight of the year: the Corpus Christi procession. Another attraction is a "Lowicz Wedding" performed by a folk ensemble.

 
 
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