Warsaw Old Town – guided tour
The Warsaw Old Town is very romantic part of the historical city. Streets with a number of landmarks are the best places to feel the unique “genius loci” of Warsaw. The Warsaw Old Town was the near-totaly destructed and rebuild after the Second World War. Today, you can feel here like in the medieval town. The most characteristic buildings in the Old Town are townhouses which used to be multifunctional with shops, workshops at the back, exclusive apartments used also for accomodating guests.
Sightseeing the Warsaw Old Town takes almost 3 hours. It’s connected with walk through Krakowskie Przedmieście street with Presidental Palace, and Piłsudski Square with the Tomb of Unknown Soldier.
On the Warsaw Old Town are unique places like:
- Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy) with Warsaw Royal Castle and the Statue of Sigimund III Vasa (Kolumna Zygmunta). It is the most characteristic landmark of Warsaw. This place are very popular as a social meeting places and the beginning of exploring Warsaw. We usually start our trips there.
- The Monument of the Little Insurgent – the first monument in Warsaw which commemorate the Warsaw Uprising. The Monument symbolizes the great courage of childern who helped during the Warsaw Uprising for example by delivering mails, orders or some information.
- Barbican (Barbakan) impressive round bastion which protected a city gateway and was a part of the defensive walls
- St. John’s Cathedral (Archikatedra świętego Jana) the most important church in Warsaw. Probably it is the one church in the world where ran the front line during the Warsaw Uprising. The Insurgents fought for every square meters of the Cathedral. When they lost that battle the church was completely destroyed.
- The Jesuit Church (Kościół Jezuitów) – with the miraculous Image ofthe Gracious Mother of God – the Patroness of Warsaw
- St. Martin’s Church (Kościół świętego Marcina).
- Stone Steps (Kamienne schodki) built in the late 15th century.
- Kanonia the triangular plaza surrounded by the houses of canons.
- The Old Town Square (Rynek Starego Miasta) – the main Square is most important tourist attraction. In the centre stands the emblem of the city – the Warsaw Mermaid.