Włochy, small town near Warsaw, was built with the ”garden city” idea in mind at the beginning of the 20th century. It is really beautiful, with lots of green spaces, like english parks and ponds. Below you can see the evening scene from one of the ponds, with nice, lit fountains that not only look great but also feed the fish with oxygen.
Ancient city of Kotor in Montenegro has one of the most amazing mountain fortifications I have ever came across. I will write about them later, meanwhile check the wiki page, few pictures and the interactive panorama from the top of the St. John mountain, there the top of the fortress sits. Stunning place, 40 minutes of really fast climb over really steep stairs with over 40 degrees of Celsius full sunshine day. It was well worth it.
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More often I visit Wrocław, the more I like it. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland, old German city with fantastic pieces of architecture, both German and Polish. City full of friendly people, students, with lots of bicycle paths and thousands and thousands of bicycles. Really, really worth visiting, especially now, when the summer is so great. What you see on the picture below, is the mix of old and new Wrocław – old and famous Ostrów Tumski with Wrocław City Cathedral and brand new City Library – both great pieces of architecture.
Church in Trzęsacz – there’s a very interesting and rather dramatic story of the ruins of this church. First church was built in 1124 as a wooden construction placed over 2 kilometers away from the sea. Then rebuilt around 1270 and then, the last one was built somewhere between 14th and 15th century. Over the years, the sea slowly ate the coast and got right next to the church. On August 2, 1874, the last service took place and the church got closed for safety reasons – and on the night of April 8–9 1901, the northern wall of the church collapsed to the sea. Then, bit by bit the church was eaten by the sea – last bit dropped on February 1, 1994, when part of the southern wall collapsed. What you see on the pictures, is the remnants of the southern wall. This is the only place like this in Europe – there is a lot of effort put into saving of this place. Will it be successful? On average, 40 cm of land is lost year by year, so probably it is only the matter of time.
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The Centennial Hall (German: Jahrhunderthalle, Polish: Hala Stulecia (formerly Hala Ludowa – People’s Hall)) is a prime example of the early use of reinforced concrete in architecture. Designed and built in 1911 – 1913 under the supervision of the brilliant German architect, Max Berg, it was a ground braking building with the largest dome at the time. One of the stories says, that the builders, that were building the dome, at the end of the work refused to dismantle the scaffolding – it was the first time when the reinforced concrete was used for the building of that scale and the workers were afraid that the material simply will not support the dome and the whole construction will collapse.
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The Royal Castle in Warsaw (Polish: Zamek Królewski w Warszawie) is called, for some reason, a castle residency and was the official residence of the late Polish monarchs. Since it is not a castle (building prepared for active defence, usually armed) I think it is rather a palace. Designed by Italian architect Giovanni Battista Trevano, construction started in 1598. During the WWII, on Hitler’s orders the Castle was blown to pieces and the reconstruction works in early Mannerist Baroque style started in 1971. After long and difficult reconstruction, works completed in 1984, when the interiors were opened to the public.
Common Swifts – the astonishing birds, who eat up to 20.000 mosquitos a day – remember them? In one of the eastern districts of Warsaw, Białołęka, group of local enthusiasts led by Mr. Marcin Korowaj have built a beautiful tower for 90 families of those birds. What a brilliant project!
Szczecin, (original, German name – Stettin), one of the most beautiful Polish cities, yet one of the least known and most underestimated. What you see at the panoramas below, is the view from the stunning Maritime Museum building located by the Oder river. Click the panoramas to see them bigger – soon you will see more pictures of Stettin and its amazing, mostly post baroque, architecture.
and the beautiful Szczecin Maritime Museum building with the visible observation deck located 53 meters above the ground:
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