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Warsaw City Breaks


Barbican (Barbakan)

The gates of the Barbican are the passage way from the Old Town to the New Town. The defensive wall was erected in 1548 by Jan Baptysta Wenecjanin (Giovanni Battista of Venice). The Barbican, just as most of the city was destroyed in the bombing of Warsaw during the World War II and rebuilt afterwards.

Monuments near the Barbican:

Pomnik Jana Kilińskiego

• Jan Kiliński - heroic shoemaker, the leader of Warsaw’s Kościuszko Uprising (1794). More information

Pomnik Małego Powstańca

• Little Insurgent Monument (Pomnik Małego Powstańca)
- The sculpture commemorates the heroic children who fought during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. More information


The New Town is an area north of the Barbican wall and has its roots in a 14th century settlement. Until the 18th century, the area constituted a separate town, with its own administration,  town hall and church. Most of the Baroque and Classicist townhouses lining the square are of post-war reconstruction as all of them were completely destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising (1944). Today, the charming little streets are full of restaurants and cafes that will delight even the fussiest of tastes.

Kościół Św. Ducha

Church of the Holy Spirit (Kościół Św. Ducha)

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Its origins date back to the 14th century when it was built first as a wooden church. The current Baroque style facade owns much to the efforts of the Pauline monks who restored the church in the 17th century. For nearly 300 years, the church was the starting point of the largest pilgrimage in Poland which every year in August leaves here for the sanctuary of the Virgin Mary in Częstochowa. More information

Muzeum Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie
Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum (Muzeum Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie)

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The Museum houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and achievements of the great scientist. It is located in the 18th century house, the birth place of Maria Skłodowska. More information

New Town Market Square (Rynek Nowego Miasta)

Established before 1408, was originally designed according to a medieval urban layout with a rectangular square and a town hall in the middle (demolished in 1818). Today, the centre of the square features a 19th century cast iron well with the coat of arms of New Warsaw – a Maiden with an Unicorn.

Kościół św. Kazimierza
Church of St. Casimir (Kościół św. Kazimierza)
Rynek Nowego Miasta 2

Originally, the Baroque-style church was a baronial residence. Later, when purchased by Queen Maria Kazimiera Sobieska, it was converted into a church. During the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 it served as a feld hospital. Completely destroyed by the Nazis, it was rebuilt after the war. More information

Kościół Nawiedzenia NMP
Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary (Kościół Nawiedzenia NMP)

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One of the oldest churches in Warsaw, dating back to the 15th century. Allegedly built on the site of an ancient pagan place of worship. Its Gothic-style architecture along with the belfry are one of the most characteristic outlines seen beside the Vistula River. More information


Pomnik Powstania Warszawskiego

Warsaw Uprising
Monument (Pomnik Powstania Warszawskiego)

Commemorates the thousands of heroes of Warsaw Uprising (1944). The monument consists of two parts – one depicts the insurgents in battle with the other group retreating into sewers (the escape route for the insurgents during the Uprising). More information
The building next to it is the Supreme Court of the Republic of Poland, which was built at the end of the 20th century. The rich ornamentation include caryatides symbolizing the virtues of faith, hope and love.

Pałac Krasińskich
Krasiński Palace (Pałac Krasińskich)

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One of the most beautiful palaces in Warsaw, built in the Baroque-style in the 17th century. Also known as the Palace of the Republic. It was in its time the seat of the Supreme Court. Today it houses the National Library. The Krasiński Garden is a fine example of municipal park. More information

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