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The New Town

Around a hundred years after the foundation of Warsaw it was clear that there was a potential for expansion. As the Old Town was limited by the City Wall, which is why it is it was decided to build the New Town at a very short distance from Warsaw's Old Town.

Even until 1791 the New Town continued to be an independent organism with its own municipal government, Town Hall and City Hall Square (Rynek).

The New Town is more than double the size of the Old Town. Here you will find offices and housing, and the quarter seems a bit less like a museum than the Old Town. One will find slightly dusty, old pubs, backyards and people moving quickly in stead of just strolling along the street.

The New Town was also destroyed during WWII and subsequently reconstructed, but less thoroughly than the old Town. Here was a part of the Jewish ghetto, where the Nazi administration during WWII kept almost half a million people locked in an area of 4 square kilometres.

If you like churches, then the New Town is just the place for you. Every catholic monastery obviously had to be represented in the Capital, and only Jesuits and Augustinians were represented in the Old Town. The new Town is therefore home to abbey churches such as the Paulines, Dominicans and Redemptorists.

Personally I prefer the old gothic parish church (the Maria Church) from 1411 to all the grandiose abbey churches. It is a tall and beautiful church at the at the bank side, recommended to everyone who likes old bricks.

The New Town starts at the Barbican, and the Main Street (ul Freta) takes you past the birth place of Maria Currie (now a museum) and further on to the City Hall Square (Rynek).

You will find stairs and roads leading the River Bank, and 10 minutes walk down ul Dluga (Long Street) takes you to the Business District, where you suddenly feel as though you are in a European metropolis. Hectic, but not less cosy.

 

Of course Warsaw has its own Guardian Angel, standing at Rynek in the New Town.

Klemens Maria Hofbauer - A catholic preacher and monk who lived in Warsaw from 1787 till 1808. He also printed religious leaflets and books. 

The New Town

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Barbican - the old fortifications protecting Warsaw against bellicose neighbours. Built around 1548, rebuilt 1954.

The Maria Church (Kosciol Nawiedzenia Najswietszej Maryi Panny). A Gothic Parish church from 1411. Burnt 1944, reconstructed 1966. Situated at the Vistula bank.

You may also find Karen Blixen in Warsaw, here in the form of a coffee house with the name Pozegnanie z Afryki (Out of Africa).

   
Right after the Barbican you will find a milk bar  (Bar Mleczny) - a traditional Polish eating-place with unpretentious and (very) cheap food.

Communist Poland had a huge amount of milk bars, but now they survive mainly as exhibits of bygone days. Try to visit one of them to see and test simple, Polish cooking. 

Please be aware that they only speak Polish.

   
In front of the milk bar lies an old but modernized ice cream shop. 

They offer cocktails, ice cream and other forms of high calorie value in a slightly old fashioned style, but you don't need to speak Polish. It is enough that you point at the cornucopias at the menu.

 

 

ul. Freta 16. Maria Sklodwska-Curies (1867-1934), who twice received the Nobel Prize, was born here, and this is where she grew up while her mother ran a boarding house for girls. The building is presently a museum dedicated to her achievements.

 

ul. Mostowa (Bridge Street) - from the 14th century - a road to a popular ferry berth by the river.  The street was given its present name in 1575 when the first bridge across the Vistula River was built. The bridge only lasted until 1602 when it was destroyed by drift ice.

 

 

Rynek (The City Hall Square)

Smaller and more peaceful than the Rynek in the Old Town, but the square frequently hosts different events and markets.

In the middle of the picture stands a well from the 19 century. Perched on top of it the symbol of the New Town, a young lady with a unicorn.

In the background the St Kazimierz Church - a baroque building from 1692, designed by the Dutchman Tylman van Garmeren

All these buildings were destroyed during WWII and reconstructed 1951-1954.

 

 

 

 

 

Freta Street.

During the summer you may enjoy an excursion by carriage

The street is characterized by a large number of unpretentious pavement restaurants and bars amid the abundance of churches.

 

 

The New Town. Central parts of the town have been reconstructed in old style, but if you turn away from ul Freta it looks completely different. This block of flats lies only a hundred metres from ul Freta. 

 

Church Street (ul Koscielna). A side street to ul Freta. This street takes you past the Maria Church and the small square next to the church. On the way we pass the small, exclusive hotel Le Regina.

 

Above. The square next to the Maria Church. A view to the river, the fountain and the staircase taking you to Vislostrada (the main road along the river). On the skyline at the right side you may faintly see the Stadium and in the middle we have a copy of the Warsaw Mermaid, standing on a base with the Danish flag. This picture was taken during the European Soccer Championship in 2012, and several mermaids have been allocated around town as a homage to the participant nations.

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