Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Warsaw's New Town - Poland

 Ara has recentely been to Poland, where she visited several places and from where she sent me a few cards. I'll start with a card from Warsaw's New Town. 

The New Town is connected directly to the Old Town and was first built in the 14th century.
Most of the buildings had to be rebuilt after the second world war as they had been destroyed or damaged.
The main street of New Town is Freta Street (Ulica Freta), which leads from the Barbican through most of the New Town. By the way, the New Town did not have a city wall and in 1791 it had finally become a part of Warsaw.
The New Town Market Square (Rynek Nowego Miasta) is the center of Warsaw’s New Town. Until 1818 you could find the Townhall standing in the middle of the square, since 1958 you can find a well at the same place. The main sight here however is St. Casimir’s Church.

Fot. Christian Parma

Although the Old Town is more popular tourist destination it is still worth seeing. The card shows some of the New Town's monuments. 
The Raczynski Palace was built 1786. Inside there is a beautiful ballroom. Today the Palace is used as an  archive. 
St. Caisimir’s (Kazimierz) Curch was contructed from 1688 till 1689 and was eventually rebuilt from 1949 till 1955. Most of the things in this Baroque church are from the 20th century, but a few things remain from the 18th century.
The Church of the Holy Spirit is another Baroque style church, it was built in 1717. In former times there used to be wooden church here, but it was destroyed during the Swedish War. The church is also the starting point for the pilgrimages to Poland’s famous Częstochowa sanctuary.
The Barbican is the separation point between Old and New Town which was constructed 1548.
The Church of the Visitation of Blessed Virgin Mary  (St. Mary’s Church) is one of the pldest churches in Warsaw it was built from 1411 in Gothic style. Since then the church was remodeled several times.
The church can be seen easily from the other side of the Vistula, so it is also a part of the charming skyline of Warsaw. - in:

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