Polish Army Museum
Located next door (actually the same building) to National Museum, Warsaw, exhibits include a lot of artillery, vehicles, and aircraft stored outside; and a range of arms, armor, and uniforms through the centuries. Particular emphasis is placed on the Polish Army during WWII and on artifacts from the over 21,000 Polish prisoners (Army officers captured during the 1939 Soviet invasion of Poland, police officers, and intelligentsia – “intelligence agents, gendarmes, landowners, saboteurs, factory owners, lawyers, officials and priests.”) murdered by orders of Stalin in 1940. It was recently decided to relocate the museum to new facilities in the Citadel, north of Old Town.
The Royal Castle
Up Ulica Nowy Świat (a main shopping and historic boulevard) from the National Museum is Castle Square, the Royal Castle, and Old Town.
Zygmunt’s Column is a meeting spot for Warsaw residents and visitors, and the Castle Square is the location for festivities and official ceremonies.
The Royal Castle was painstakingly rebuilt starting in 1970. After the rubble was cleared following the German’s destruction, it was a cleared area that Poles could see every day for 27 years. The reconstruction was based on exhaustive research, bits and pieces of the original building salvaged from the original, photographs, and paintings, etc. The wooden floors are spectacular, with every important room having a different pattern.
Doors of the Church of the Gracious Mother of God (Kościół Matki Bożej Łaskawej)
Located midway between the Market Square and the Royal Castle, the church is adjacent the St. John’s Cathedral. The doors are by Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj, who also made the famous partial head that is installed in front of the British Museum, London.
The Old Town Market Square
Detail of a corner burgher house on the Market Square.
In the Market Square, probably the most famous, and most photographed, fighting mermaid.
When the mermaid gets hungry…Kabobs?
Warsaw Skyline Panoramic
Taken from a tower overlooking Castle Square. Almost anything you can see was reconstructed after the Germans leveled Warsaw. It is estimated that over 150,000 civilians were killed in the Rising and following, and around 550,000 people were expelled.