Today I visited a truly special place – top terrace of the famous PASTa building in the very middle of Warsaw. Unique history of this place, its role during the Warsaw’s Uprising in 1944, its location, the weather and the company of the new Yelp’s Community Manager for Warsaw – are all very special. Have a look at the interactive panoramas – you need to click them in order to make them work. Enjoy the view of the very heart of Warsaw during the truly sunny day.
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I came here first in 1992, as far as I can remember, when all the underground defence system was closed and the so-called “bar war” was full on. “Bar” from the steel bars that prevented anyone from entering, not from the place where you drink. Till today I was here like dozens of times, but still can’t get enough – this place is magic, has some special magnetism that calls me over and over again.
What you see on the pictures below – I my another trip to the Festungsfront Oder-Warthe-Bogen (Międzyrzecki Rejon Umocniony) where I follow the organised trip for the usual tourists with the guide. I criss-crossed the entire system too many times to remember, I know a lot about it, its history, strategic importance, reasons why it failed, what Russian Army did to it after the war – and I still like to come here, to feel its cold and infinite silence.
Programme of this trip:
We start with the Panzerwerk 717 (Pz.W. 717), tour the first level of the Panzerwerk, then we go down the stairs next to non-existent elevator shaft, then we go to the Heinrich train station on the main train line, then we return to towards the Werkgruppe Scharnhorst and we leave the system via the Pz.W. 716.
Interesting fishing huts located in Port Milena near the beautiful town Ulcinj in Montenegro, very close to the border with Albania. There seems to be some ecological problem there, the place is very special and unique, but terribly polluted – check the video at the bottom of this post.
Every year, on the 1st of August, exactly at 5pm Warsaw stops for exactly one minute. Everything stops – people walking, entire traffic, cars, people on bicycles. Everything freezes – in order to commemorate the heroes of the Warsaw Uprising that out broke in 1944 in the hope of defeating the Nazi army with the Soviet Red Army right on the other bank of Vistula river. 200.000 citizens of this city died, was it really necessary? This one minute though, is really, really moving. More on this later.
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.
More pictures and description below.
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.
Włochy, small town near Warsaw – full of parks, ponds and other green places. The best area around Warsaw – here you can see one of the most beautiful public parks there, with 3 big ponds connected, public gym and free wifi network. Click the panorama to see it bigger.
And le grande premiere! Interactive panorama! :)
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