Friday, April 15, 2016

Warsaw architecture

Okay, we wandered around Warsaw for a couple of days.  Um.


R2D2 wannabe
Probably moving too slowly to actually engulf you.
Don't look now, but there's a hole in your building  
Wait, you can open these windows??

On the other hand, and more typical of what we've been seeing so far,  there's

Palace of Culture and Science (
Warsaw Old Town

The most startling thing about all this to me is that these buildings have all been built since 1950.  The glass fantasies, yes, obviously.  The Palace of Culture etc was built by the Soviets as a gift to the Poles (who don't seem terribly appreciative).  The Old Town was basically flattened during WW 2 and has been meticulously restored.  It was a fun wander, in any case.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. I'm glad you got a chance to do some sightseeing there.

    Eric visited Warsaw about 15 years ago, now. He reported that the Poles resented the loss of so many of their historical buildings and their replacement by ugly post-1950 architecture. Wikipedia notes, in its article about the Palace of Culture and Science: "As the city's most visible landmark, the building was controversial from its inception. Many Poles initially hated the building because they considered it to be a symbol of Soviet domination, and at least some of that negative feeling persists today." There's some interesting details about the construction process in the Wikipedia article.