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Stare Miasto | Poland | Europe

[Visited: March 2007 and several times before]

The city centre of Warsaw suffered a lot during World War II, and signs of the war can be seen anywhere in the city. The Polish made an effort to rebuild the city centre, trying to stick as closely as possible to its original beauty. While I am not in a position to judge whether they succeeded or not, I must say I was pleasantly surprised when I walked around the old streets and alleys in Stare Miasto, or Old City.

Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Old houses in the Old Town of Warsaw

Reminding me sometimes of Prague, the Stare Miasto certainly has a specific touch to it. And perhaps it was the time of the year (December), the area was extremely quiet. The sound of pigeons was everywhere, windows shutting, doors opening, and sometimes some footsteps tapping on the street stones. But in general, a very welcome silence.

Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Old City of Warsaw: close-up of houses

When I reached the central square, I marvelled at the many colours coming from all sides. Houses are brilliantly painted. My ears were struck by a sound coming from the centre of the square: it seemed like a bathtub was being emptied. On closer inspection, it appeared to be a special kind of fountain which was equipped with an opening to let the water go down. A familiar sound in an unexpected place!

Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Houses on the Old Town Square in Warsaw in the afternoon sun
Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Mermaid defending the city: statue on the Old Town Square
Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Decorated corner in the Old Town
Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Old Town: statues looking down from the roof
Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Late afternoon casting the shadow of a lantern on a wall in the Old Town
Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Stare Miasto or Old Town: typical building against blue sky
Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Facade of church in the Old Town
Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Rainy skies over the Old Town
Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Old Town or Stare Miasto: colourful houses under a grey sky
Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Looking down a typical street in the Old Town
Picture of Stare Miasto (Poland): Lanterns and spires defining the skyline of Stare Miasto or Old Town

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