Above the Palace of Culture -
or formally: The Palace of Culture and Science.
The Palace of Culture originates from
1955, and is a gift from Josef Stalin to the Polish people. That's the
official version, but the sentence is often rendered with quite an amount of
It is true that the Soviet Union paid for the
giant, but it was built in Russian style, and there is no doubt that the aim was
to underline the Russian influence in the Polish capital.
After the change of system in 1989 there has been
much talk of about knocking down the Palace, but this discussion now seems to
42 floors are amongst other things home to cinemas, a conference centre, cafes, theatres
and offices. Its highest point is 230 metres above ground level, and for the
time being you are not supposed to build above that in the capital.
- Here we are at the corner of Plac Unii Lubelskiej.
Karaoke is popular among many people, here you can have in it
a cosy cellar bar.
Szucha Avenue is one of the streets one may easily miss, and that's a pity as
the street was not destroyed during WWII.
It offers original city houses and palaces from different
This is the headquarters of the papal Nuncio - i.e. the
Vatican ambassador - in a splendid building from 1912.
The Embassy of Ukraine is right
in front of the Pope's Emissary in a former block of flats erected in
The constitutional Court
The Polish Constitutional Court is situated in a small palace from the 18th
The Constitutional Court plays an active role in the
political life in Poland. The Polish Constitution is rather stiff, and the
judges sitting behind the walls here at Szucha Avenue are very much creating the
framework of the system and set the borders of the power of the politicians.
Government (since 2015) has however found the present Constitution to be too
constraining to carry through the changes of the system they want implement
in Poland. In an act of violation of the Constitution the Government has
therefore taken over the constitutional Court, which today cannot be
considered to be neither independent nor autonomous.
The Department of Foreign
The Mausoleum of combat and heroism
al. Szucha 25
The old building was once the seat of the Department of
Religion and Education. During WWII it hosted different German security
organisations, and also acted as a detention centre for the Gestapo.
After the war it has become a mausoleum with
The Botanical Gardens
and Plac na Rozdrozu.
Right: Aleje Jerozolimskie after turning left at the
de Gaulle Roundabout.
The stretch between the Botanical Gardens and the
de Gaulle Roundabout can be seen in the
Aleje Jerozolimskie. In general there are a lot of police and local guards (straz
miejski) in Warsaw and other Polish towns. Usually they will be on the spot
quickly, but they don't ask you any questions or ask for ID if you are not
involved in something.
Marszakowska Street with a bit of the Palace of Culture and a few Warsaw skyscrapers.
Marszalkowska - One of Warsaw's many, broad boulevards and a
lovely mixture of architecture.
Here and there we find small
pavilions where you can have something to eat or buy other things you just need
The Office Palace TheRoyal Centre
In this modern office building
with a view over the Saxon Gardens you will find the RoyalDanish Embassy on the 6th
and 7th floor.
From the Danish Embassy there is also a view down
Krolewska Street, a few side roads from Grzybowska Street and Plac Grzybowska -
an old Jewish quarter with a prospering cultural life and many small
The Saxon Gardens
- founded by the Saxon kings in the 17th century, where Poland joined together with
Saxony in a personal union.
Plac Bankowy - We are back where we started this tour around