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Praga District


Skaryszewski Park
ul. Zieleniecka, Waszyngtona, Międzynarodowa

Spacious park with diverse landscaping; an artificial waterfall and lakes blend in with abundant sculptures and rich greenery. The wide pathways are perfect for jogging and cycling.

 


Katedra św. FlorianaCathedral of St. Michael the Archangel and Florian the Martyr - Minor Basilica (Katedra św. Michała Archanioła i św. Floriana Męczennika - Bazylika Mniejsza)
ul. Floriańska 3

Construction of this Catholic church began to meet the pastoral needs of the parish, but also as a direct response to the 'Russification' of Poland; in this way, the church was a form of protest and an act of defiance. In the second half of the 19th century, the monumental Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene was created in Praga, prompting the priest of the local parish to build a new, neo-Gothic form of the Catholic church: its soaring 75-meter-tall towers were visible from afar, and dominated the onion dome of the nearby Orthodox church. During World War II, the church was completely ruined, the only surviving fragments being the external walls and two statues: those of  St. Michael the Archangel and St. Florian. Reconstruction lasted until 1970, and was undertaken using bricks that were produced in the 19th century, to give the new church a sense of authenticity.

 

Pomnik Kapeli Praskiej

Monument of Praga's Backyard Orchestra (Pomnik Praskiej Kapeli Podwórkowej)
ul. Floriańska/ul. Kłopotowskiego

Revealed in 2006, this monument presents a neighbourhood band from the days when such musicians roamed the courtyards of Warsaw, especially in the Praga neighbourhood, and played popular Warsaw tunes. In the band are a violinist, accordion player, guitarist, banjo player, and a drummer. A small square with benches surrounds the monument, where one can take a rest. 

 

Museum of Warsaw Praga (Muzeum Warszawskiej Pragi)
ul. Targowa 50/52
www.muzeumpragi.pl

It is housed in a restored complex of historic buildings at ulica Targowa 50/52, next to the famous Rożycki Bazaar. One of the buildings – former home to Jan Krzyżanowski – was built in late 18th century and is the oldest residential building of Praga district. The second building of this complex, adjacent to famous bazaar, used to be one of prayer houses for local Jewish community. Museum presents permanent and temporary exhibitions, Archives of Spoken History, ’Dying Professions’ Hall’, reading room and many other attractions. Institution is also focused on educational aspect of their works, it holds intelectual meetings and versages.

 

Metropolitan Orthodox St. Mary Magdalene Church (Cerkiew metropolitalna św. Marii Magdaleny)
al. Solidarności 52
www.katedra.org.pl 

Built in the second half of the 19th century, it is inspired by Byzantine architecture. Previously, St. Andrew's Church stood in this place, but in the late 18th century, as a symbol of Russian domination, the Catholic church was destroyed and the Orthodox church went up. Its purpose was to serve the large Russian colony which lived in the vicinity of today's Jagiellońska Street, and for the numerous travellers arriving from Russia. In the basement, mosaic fragments preserved from the defunct Warsaw council of Alexander Nevski are kept. During World War II the Orthodox church survived, thanks to which the interior retains its original design. This is currently the Cathedral of the Orthodox Church.

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