old town, Warsaw
Podwale 29, Warsaw, Poland
Old Town - is the oldest historic district of Warsaw, and one of its most famous attractions. It was founded in the thirteenth century. First, the city grew up around the castle of the princes of Mazovia, which later became known as the Royal Castle. Originally surrounded by an earthen wall, in 1339, he was surrounded by brick city walls. Until 1817 the most prominent landmark of the Old Town Hall building was built in 1429. During World War II, the area was completely destroyed, but later rebuilt. Where it was possible, using bricks of the original buildings. The main sources in the reconstruction of the Old Town appearance Bernardo Bellotto used Veduta eighteenth century, as well as the pre-war figures, students on student architects. Warsaw 's Old Town was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List " as an exceptional example of an almost complete restoration of the historical period between the eighteenth - twentieth centuries." Today is the most beautiful area of the city. Here, almost every building - it is a palace or monument. The old town center is Market Square with restaurants, cafes and shops. Surrounding streets are rich in medieval architecture. Here you can admire the city walls, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Warsaw citadel, built by Russian Tsar Nicholas I, and, of course, the Royal Castle. For the Royal Castle is an observation deck, which offers a magnificent view of the Vistula and the new stadium. Streets of the Old City - a great place for walks at any time of the year and any time of day in Warsaw.