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We are reconciled with the world again, the sun is shining. So we start a new city walk in the southern part of Warsaw, in the Business District. Here you see many spectacular skyscrapers, built around the Palace of Culture with its Stalinist (Socialist Realism) architecture in recent years.
For many years it was the landmark of the city of Warsaw, today it is only one of several. It serves as a congress center and has a cinema complex, museums, concert halls, and auditoriums inside. Interesting for tourists is the viewing platform with a restaurant on the 30th floor at 114 m height. It offers a magnificent panoramic view over Warsaw.
Southeast of the Palace of Culture is the flat building of the Warsaw central station, that also serves as a bus station.
To the north of it and to the west of the Palace of Culture is the Zlote Tarasy building complex. It houses a shopping center, office building, and an entertainment and wellness area. Spectacular is the undulating glass roof above the shopping center.
We then stroll along the avenue Jerozolimskie up to the Nowy Swiat. Palais-like buildings line the street. A monument is at the traffic circle to the Naxy Swiat with Charles de Gaulle after whom the roundabout was named. One built it to commemorate Charles de Gaulle’s support in rebuilding the Polish army in 1919.
The Nowy Swiat is a relatively quiet street, characterized by flower arrangements and restaurant gardens on the sidewalks. A street to linger on. It leads to the Krakowskie Przedmieście, which we have already visited. And so we find ourselves at the monument of Nicolaus Copernicus again, but this time in the sunshine.
This time we take a closer look at the Holy Cross Church on the other side of the street. Pope John Paul II, Karol Józef Wojtyla, elevated it into the stand of a Basilica Minor. A plaque with the image of the Pope reminds of this. The heart of Frédérik Chopin is buried in the church.
The Renaissance building next to the University is the Uruski Palace, built by Seweryn Uruski. He was a Polish noble president and Russian Privy Councillor. At the top of the front you see the Uruski coat of arms. Today it houses the Institute of Geography and Regional Research of Warsaw University.
The building next door, one of the most important classical buildings in Warsaw, is the Tyszkiewicz Palace, its balcony is supported by four atlantes. It was built by the Lithuanian Hetmann (field marshal) Ludwik Tyszkiewicz, a brother-in-law of King Stanislaus II August Poniatowski. Today it houses various faculties of the university and a university museum.
We reach the Presidential Palace with the equestrian statue of Jozef Antoni Poniatowski in front. He lived in the Tin-roofed Palace next to the castle.
Then we pass the monument of Adam Mickiewicz. In front was the venue of the student unrests of 1968. But the militia violently quashed them. Cause for the demonstration was the banning of the performance of the poetic drama Dziady by Adam Mickiewicz. Antisemitic campaigns and strengthening of the police state of the secret service, as well as censorship, were the consequences.
We follow and enjoy for a while the hustle and bustle on the Square in front of the Royal Castle. A friendly knight with a sword welcomes us in Warsaw.
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