Warsaw: Poland's beautiful capital


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January 7th 2017
Published: January 7th 2017
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Warsaw, Poland


The capital and the largest city in Poland, Warsaw is a modern city whose rich architectural heritage was almost completely swept away by the misfortunate events of the past century. Thanks to the hard work of young architects its beautiful Old town was carefully restored to its pre war state, giving the new city a touch of continuity. During the late 20th century communist residential blocks were massively built in the periphery, leaving the area closest to the historical center empty for decades. That hole was filled with private capital through large corporations that purchased the best city lots and taking advantage of the moment made Warsaw’s skyline look like that of American cities.

Urbanism

Warsaw is located on both banks of the Vistula River in the middle of the Masovian lowland. The city spreads in circles starting from its historical Old town, located near the river. Most of the streets within it are narrow and almost entirely pedestrian. On the other side, the rest of the city is dominated by wide boulevards that stretch for kilometers. One of the main characteristics of communist urban planning, an open space, can be found in many neighborhoods, with a huge collection of parks of different sizes and shapes. While the Old town has a circular shape, the rest of the urban grid is ortogonal.

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10th January 2017
Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene

Beautiful architecture
Beautiful cathedral
10th January 2017
Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene

Beautiful indeed
And since it's across the river there aren't any tourists in sight!

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