Monday, August 28, 2017

Old Town Warsaw


The Royal Castle with Zygmunt's Column in the foreground.






My trip this summer began in Poland, which is a country I have always wanted to visit because my great-great-grandparents immigrated to the United States from there in the mid-1800's. Warsaw's Old Town was originally established in the 13th century and grew up around the Royal Castle, which you can see in the second photo. During the invasion of Poland in 1939, much of the district was badly damaged by the German Luftwaffe, which targeted the city's residential areas and historic landmarks in a campaign of terror bombing. Then immediately after the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, what was left standing in the Old Town was blown up by the German Army. After World War II, the Old Town was meticulously rebuilt using old paintings and pre-World War II architecture students' drawings. As many of the original bricks and decorative elements that could be salvaged from the rubble were used during the rebuilding process. The reconstruction was not completely accurate to pre-war Warsaw, but I think they did a beautiful job.

19 comments:

BeachGypsy said...

Really neat pictures, I love the old buildings and love to study their architecture! Love the horse picture...I do love those big strong horses, is that a percheron (spelling?) maybe? I love those and the Clysedales. I hope you show us more pictures of this trip please?

Halcyon said...

Don't you just love those buildings? The colors are fantastic!

Tom said...

...what gorgeous colors and architecture of these building!

Revrunner said...

Good thing the government didn't levy a tax on windows. :-)

biebkriebels said...

You have been in far places I see. Have never been in Poland myself, nice to see your photos.

Sandra said...

they did an AMAZING job rebuilding, it looks centuries old and so beautiful.. the architecture is wonderful, love all those windows and bricks and the dome shot is my favorite. beautiful photos, all of these

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it is a beautiful city. The buildings are lovely. I like the castle and column shot and the last photo with the horse. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

bill burke said...

The buildings are amazing, their colours striking and the architecture is gorgeous. Lovely photos Lois. I hope you are going to show more.

Marleen said...

Your photos are fantastic, Lois. I like how well-maintained and colourful those building are.

Sharon Anck said...

These are wonderful photos. I love seeing these scenes around the town but, I'm especially fond of that first photo. The building is so unusual the way it looks like it was pieced together. I love it!

William Kendall said...

Gorgeous architecture!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

They absolutely did do an amazing job of reconstructing the city Lois, I love the European architecture .. we are so young here in Perth!

A Colorful World said...

Such beautiful architecture. And I love the horse cart. How neat you were able to visit the homeland of your grandparents! Enjoyed reading the history you included.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Belas fotografias destes magníficos edifícios.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

RedPat said...

I think it looks wonderful, Lois! It is so nice that you got there!

Adam said...

I took a DNA test and found out I had zero genes from the slavic nations. I found it strange considering that not one person had been travelling and intermixed with any of my ancestors

Lowcarb team member said...

What fantastic photographs, I also enjoyed reading the information you included, thank you.

Although I enjoyed seeing the buildings, I think my favourite photo is your last one, it is just lovely, what an impressive horse.

All the best Jan

Christine said...

Lois these are wonderful photos of Warsaw's
Old buildings!

Klara S said...

Old Town Warsaw is a real beauty!