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Warsaw Travel Guide - Sights to See
The Old Town: Just north of the Slasko-Dabrowski Bridge. Most sights of interest are in this area on the left bank of the Vistula River. The Sigismund III Column, is the oldest monument in Warsaw, dating from 1644, and stands in the center of Zamkowy Square. Nearby is the Palace. The old town Market Square is the most beautiful square in Warsaw.. .Baroque-style houses... little shops... lots of flowers. The area is floodlit at night. Old town is full of interesting and winding streets, and numerous churches.

The Royal Palace: This is Warsaw's most important historical monument, built between the 14-18th centuries. During WW2, it was blown up by the Nazi's, and has been rebuilt after 35 years. Its silhouette forms an impressive background to King Sisismund's Column. The palace, itself, ranks as one of the most beautiful in Europe.

Chopin's drawing room: Located in the former Raczynski Palace, at 5 Kradowskie Przedmiescie.

National Museum: Poland's greatest art collection. See the famous Faras Fresco, which was recently discovered by archeologists in the Sudan. Closed Monday.

World War II Monuments: The Pawiak Prison, where 25,000 poles were executed, is now a museum. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is in Saxon Gardens. Monument to Heroes of the Ghetto is a simple slab of granite on Ul. Zamenhofa, in the Muranow district.

Lazienki Palace and Park: This park contains a splendid island palace built in the 18th century for the last Polish king. The interiors have been restored after the nazi's plundered the art and set the interior ablaze. Over 18 buildings and monuments are located in the spacious park. The major monument to see is the Monument to Chopin, set on a reflecting pond, amid a rose garden.

Marie Curie Museum: The home where the discoverer of radium was born... located at 16 Ul. Freta, in Old Town.

Palace of Culture and Science: Used to be the highest building in Poland... looks very similar to buildings in Russia. Elevator to top for good views.

The Amphora: An excellent strolling street... good people watching.

Victory Square: A colorful changing of the guard, every Sunday.

Wilanow Palace: This palace is the Polish version of Versailles... built in the 17th century as a summer residence for royalty. It is now a branch of the National Museum. 6 Miles from Warsaw.
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