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Today is 18 November
we celebrate name day of

Aniela, Klaudyna, Roman

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Walking route of The Visitor free city guide - KRAKOWSKIE PRZEDMIEŚCIE...

We begin our second tour where we finished the first one at St. Ann’s Church. This church can be reached by buses: 116, 122, 174, 180, 195,  503, N44- Get of at the bus stop: PL. ZAMKOWY 02, or by tram: 13, 26, 32 - Tram stop: STARE MIASTO 04.

Let’s start the tour by walking down Miodowa Street away from St. Ann’s Church. Turn left into Senatorska Street which leads us straight to Theatre Square (about 500 m).

1. The Theatre Square
On the right side of The Theatre Square is the late - Baroque Blanka Palace where in 1944 the Warsaw Uprising poet, Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński was killed. Behind the Palace there is The Jabłonowskich’s Palace. Before the war it functioned as a town-hall. The building was completely destroyed and after the war it was demolished. At the end of the 90’s the city reacquired the building or what remained of it, the clock tower and facade. Today in the place of a town- hall there is a banking centre. Go through the gate, under the tower, to the 19th century tower basement and the monument to K. K. Baczyński. The view at the rear of the Palace may shock you, but you have to see it. The Grand Theatre, designed by Corazzi, is an immense building in the classical style situated opposite The Jabłonowskich’s Palace. The National Opera and The National Theatre are housed here. The building was burnt down three times and completely destroyed during the war. Today it is considered one of the most interesting buildings in Warsaw. The theatre stage is one of the largest in Europe and the auditorium seats 1800 spectators. Unfortunately the interior, the spatial foyer with its columns and magnificent mosaics can only be seen during a performance. Theatre Square is overlooked on one side by the Petrykus’ Apartment buildings (1821), and some highly recommended restaurants and clubs.
To get to Piłsudski Square go down Wierzbowa Street along the side of The Grand Theatre (about 200 m).

2. Piłsudski Square

Piłsudski Square. Piłsudski Square, probably the most representative place in Warsaw, is a witness to officialmilitary parades, state and church ceremonies and cultural events. To watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier you do not have to wait for a national holiday - the change takes place every day, every hour, but of course without a festive fixture. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, designed in 1925 by Stanisław Ostrowski is the small remnant of the Saxon Palace arcades. The Palace was destroyed during WWII and it not decided still if it is going to be reconstructed. November 2, 1925 the remains of an unknown soldier killed during the defense of Lwow, a battle with the Soviets, were placed inside the symbolic tomb. The eternal flame burns here and the Tomb is serviced by an honor guard of the Representative Battalion of the Polish Army. Behind the Tomb is the Saxon Gardens, the first public park in Warsaw (1727), with a fountain designed by Marconi, which
miraculously survived the bombing of the Old Town and today is one of the few original architectural elements of this part of Warsaw. Further in the garden you will find quiet places to relax around a small pond surrounded by willow trees and a classical temple of Vesta on top of a little hill.

3. The Mickiewicz Monument
Trębacka Street leads us to the Mickiewicz Monument on Krakowskie Przedmieście which was erected in 1898 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Poland’s greatest poet.
The street leads us along Krakowskie Przedmieście to Staszic’s Palace and Kopernik’s monument (the other way to the Old Town).

4. Krakowskie Przedmieście Street
Krakowskie Przedmieście is one of the most historical streets in Warsaw and just along from the Mickiewicz monument and the church (you are going away from the Old Town) is the Namiestnikowski Palace built in the second half of the 17th century. It belonged to various Polish aristocratic families and is now the Presidential Palace. (Hence all the police and guards you will notice). In front of the Palace is an antique allegory of a warrior - a monument of Prince Joseph Poniatowski by Thorvaldsen. The monument was totally destroyed during the war. What we see today is a recast from the mould in the Thorvaldsen museum in Copenhagen. Across from the Namiestnikowski Palace is the Potoccy Family Palace whose history dates back to the 17th century. A worthwhile visit is the Kordegard gallery for its interesting exhibitions. Free entry. Open TUE-SUN 11.00-19.00. Next to the Presidential Palace is the Bristol Hotel considered one of the best hotels in Warsaw. It was designed by Marconi in the 19th century and has had guests who included Charles de Gaulle, Margaret Thatcher, (present during the hotel’s reopening ceremony), and others with less political backgrounds such as Tina Turner or Jose Carreras.
Along from the Bristol is the Visitants’ Church with its late Baroque facade. The church is open to visitors and inside can be seen the church’s unique altars, its relics, paintings, the ebony tabernacle from the 17th c. and the extraordinary pulpit. In front of the church is a statue of the Primate of Poland - Cardinal Wyszyński. This bronze statue was created by Warsaw sculptor Andrzej Renes. Krakowskie Przedmieście continues and we pass an interesting gateway. This is the entrance to Warsaw University. Take a stroll through its grounds then visit the library which was founded in the mid 19th century. Returning to the gateway we cross the street to the Church of the Holy Cross (17th century). In front of this church and in prominent view is the figure of Jesus Christ carrying his Cross. The church is unique not only for its religious works of art but also because the hearts of Frederic Chopin and Stanisław Reymont are kept here. As you leave the church you will see on your right the Copernicus monument by the Danish sculptor, Thorvaldsen. Behind the monument is the Staszic Palace (19th century) designed by Corrazi. The building is lit at night and is quite impressive.
For the next point of interest we have to walk to the crossroads with Świętokrzyska Street where you turn left and walk along to Kopernika Street then Tamka Street. Keep going down hill for about 800 m.

5. Nowy Świat Street
Nowy Świat (New World Street) is the most elegant, shopping street in Warsaw. Its commercial traditions date back to the 19th century. Walking down to the Charles De Gaulle roundabout (away from the Old Town) we pass many fine boutiques, antique shops and very good restaurants. The Blikle Cafe at 33/35 Nowy Świat is famous for its really delicious cakes and coffee. If you are in need of some shopping try Chmielna Street. The prices there however are much the same as in Nowy Świat.
The street continues to the Square of the Three Crosses beyond the Charles de Gaulle roundabout. At the roundabout we turn left and cross the street in front of the Financial Centre.

6. The National Museum
Passing The Financial Centre on your right (or if you want the 'White House' - it used to be the Polish United Workers' Party Headquarters and is now the Stock Exchange!) we reach a rather large building - The National Museum - and the end of our tour. If you are not too tired have a look inside. The museum is highly recommended. A very large, permanent exhibition of paintings and sculptures is worth seeing. There is so much to see it might be better to spend a rainy day here, that is if you are unlucky with the weather. Tel: +48 22 629 30 93. You can spend two to three hours in the museum, quite easily.