Monday, August 28, 2017
Old Town Warsaw
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.