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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...
Warsaw’s Newest Monument Debuts
Positioned at the junction of Kopernika and Świętokrzyska, the work honors the Solidarity movement that played such a pivotal role in the fall of Communism. Created following a campaign by Janusz K. Dorosiewicz (previously credited as the driving force behind monuments to Ronald Reagan and footballer Kazimierz Deyna), the...
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...
Neighborhood Watch: Mariensztat
Originally established by an 18th century nobleman who named it after his wife, Maria, it didn’t take long for the Mariensztat district to veer from its intended genteel look. By the outbreak of WWII the area had become an unnavigable confusion of tangled streets and tumbledown tenements: pimps, prostitutes...
Books: How To Look Natural In Photographs
Providing a sinister glimpse into Poland’s totalitarian past, a new book compiled by Beata Bartecka and Łukasz Rusznica sheds light on the extreme methods used by the country’s secret services to spy on its people. Ironically titled How to Look Natural in Photographs, the idea for the book first...
A New Benchmark In PRL Design
First submitted as part of 2017’s civic budget, the idea was coined by Olga Gastecka who sought to enhance the area’s public space by adding city furniture that would provide “a place of rest for thousands of rushing people.” To do so, it was decided to follow the aesthetics...
The Birthday Boy

The Birthday Boy

Features 21 July 2020 0

Sixty-five years old today, we dredge through the archives to present the Insider’s quintessential piece about the Palace of Culture and Science… BY JAY MARTIN The inclusion of the Palace of Culture & Science on Warsaw’s official heritage list in 2007 provoked general outrage. A protest letter signed by...
Light Relief!

Light Relief!

Features 26 May 2020 0

With Warsaw undergoing a neon resurgence, we track down our favorites: the new, the old, the storied and those that are simply stunning… CeDeT Bracka / Jerozolimskie Designed and produced in East Germany as ‘an expression of gratitude’ after the Germans were given use of the first floor to...
Neon Never Died!
  Frequently cited as being “Warsaw’s most Instagrammed attraction”, one would be forgiven for thinking that the city’s Neon Muzeum existed solely to advance your standing on social media. That, though, would be missing the point. Founded in 2012 as the result of one couple’s passion for this exquisite...
Trading Places: Warsaw’s Moving Landmarks
Status: In Transit Originally located on ul. E. Plater 51, Emilia was unveiled in 1969 (and only after an original section of the roof crashed down during the construction phase), but officially opened on January 15th, 1970. Cited as one of the outstanding examples of post-war modernism in the...

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