history

Happy Birthday… Old Town!
“I have seen many cities destroyed, but nowhere have I been faced with such destruction.” So said a stunner General Eisenhower whilst touring the ruins of Warsaw at the end of the war. Even be their own horrifying benchmarks, the Nazis had done a sickeningly proficient job of flattening...
Miniature Park Returns!
Settling for a three-year lease on the corner of Świętokrzyska and Marszałkowska, this remarkable labor of love presents a range of meticulously detailed 1:25 scale models of some of the most glorious buildings. Showcasing the lost architectural gems that once dazzled the city, visitors can once again get up...
Totally Roar-Some!
Even for an institution in the habit of presenting memorable temporary exhibitions, there is a sense that the Museum of Warsaw have excelled themselves with their latest effort. Titled ‘Animals in Warsaw’, the exhibition explores the capital’s relationship with other species, and leaves few stones unturned in the process....
Neighborhood Watch: New Town
Old Town’s lesser visited relation begins outside the redbrick Barbikan, and if our history books are correct, wasn’t legally absorbed into Warsaw until the 18th century – that’s 300-years after settlements first appeared. Now while it doesn’t get quite the footfall of its older neighbor, that’s not to say...
Hidden History: MDM
Sometimes referred to as the ‘propaganda district’ it was here that the commie town planners let idealism run free. “A stone wedding cake covered with balconies built of boulders,” wrote one critic. Although much of the area survived the war, this was not enough to save it. Earmarked to...
Happy Constitution Day!
Masterminded by the nation’s last monarch, Stanisław August Poniatowski, the constitution was visionary at the time, seeking to reduce the inequalities associated with serfdom whilst also bringing widespread reforms to the monarchy. Regarded as “a milestone in the history of law and in the growth of democracy,” it was...
Join The Beer Trail!
The initiative of Wolny Kraft, the project is a work in progress with seven walks currently presented online (two of which are in English) and yet more in the pipeline. Featuring easy-to-use maps sprinkled with historical points of interest, the sightseeing routes take users not just past some of...
1920: In Posters!

1920: In Posters!

Features 19 August 2020 0

Officially opened to the public earlier today, and set to run until New Year’s Eve, the exhibition aims to communicate the facts of “the battle that saved Europe from Communism”, through poster art – a medium that the organizers purposefully picked so as to appeal to younger generations. Following...
Public Art: Battle of Warsaw 1920
Jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and KGHM Polska Miedź SA, the giant mural celebrates Poland’s momentous triumph over the Bolsheviks, a victory that historians credit with saving Western Europe from being swept away under communism. “It is worth emphasizing that the victory in the...
Here Is Muranów

Here Is Muranów

Features 5 August 2020 0

When, in 1686, Simone Giuseppe Bellotti – the Polish Royal Court’s architect – built a palace close to the site of today’s Intraco tower, could he ever have envisaged what would become of the area over the centuries that followed? Could he have imagined that it would serve as...

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