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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 sarcasm. 

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 have ceased. 

The 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.

 

 

Aleja Szucha - 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 eras. 

 

 

 

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 functionalist style.

 

 

 

The constitutional Court

The Polish Constitutional Court is situated in a small palace from the 18th century. 

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.

The present 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 Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 public access. 

 

 

 

 

Left: 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 Royal Route.

 

 

 

 

Left: 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. 

Right: 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 to have. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Office Palace The Royal Centre Marszalkowska 142.

In this modern office building with a view over the Saxon Gardens you will find the Royal Danish 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 restaurants. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Warsaw.

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