The Polish capital suffered immensely during the Second World War, but managed to rebuild and grow its wonderful historic centre.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes several hundred properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Date of Inscription: 1980
Category: Cultural site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 30:
“During the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, more than 85% of Warsaw’s historic centre was destroyed by Nazi troops. After the war, a five-year reconstruction campaign by its citizens resulted in today’s meticulous restoration of the Old Town, with its churches, palaces and market-place. It is an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century.”
I visited the Polish capital shortly before Christmas in 2013 and enjoyed it. Sure, it is a big city with modern malls, high-rises, fancy office buildings and boring residential areas. What pulled me to Warsaw was the Old Town. I stayed there, and I walked the streets amazed by the fact that it looked old, but is not.
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