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Pałac Czapskich

Academy of Fine Arts - Czapski/ Krasiński Palace (Akademia Sztuk Pięknych - Pałac Czapskich/Krasińskich)
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 5
www.asp.waw.pl

Built at the beginning of the 18th century, the palace has been reconstructed and re-modeled several times. Its annex houses the Chopin apartment where the composer’s family lived before his emigration. The condottiere monument in the academy’s yard is a copy of the statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni by Andrea del Verocchio. More information


Kościół św. Krzyża
Smaller Basilica of the Holy Cross (Bazylika Mniejsza pw. Świętego Krzyża)

ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 3

Completed in the 17th century, the church’s form underwent many changes over the centuries. The church is steeped in Poland’s turbulent history. It was destroyed during the Swedish Deluge in 1655. It was here that King Jan III Sobieski entrusted himself and his homeland to God before his military campaign against the Turks in Vienna, in 1683. The church should not go unnoticed by any ‘Chopin afcionado’, as the church is the resting place of the heart of Chopin as well as that of Władyslaw Reymont, Polish Nobel-winning novelist. The church also contains memorial epitaphs of other renowned Poles such as Boleslaw Prus, Józef Ignacy Kraszewski, Juliusz Słowacki and Władysław Sikorski. More information

Pałac Staszica
Staszic Palace (Pałac Staszica)

ul. Nowy Świat 72

Located where a convent used to stand, the Palace was built between 1820 and 1823 and is named after Stanisław Staszic, whose efforts were crucial for the construction of the Palace. Initially it served as the seat of the Society of the Friends of Science. After its function changed, as a result of the political persecutions during the annexations, the Palace housed a junior high school nicknamed 'the Russian'. Today it is the seat of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Warsaw Scientific Society. More information


Pomnik Mikołaja Kopernika
Mikołaj Kopernik Monument (Pomnik Mikołaja Kopernika)

A monument by Bertel Thorvaldsen, unveiled in 1830. Interestingly, there are two identical monuments in the world that have been cast from the original mold – one is in Montreal and the other in Chicago. More information



Nearby:
Plac Teatralny
Teatralny Square (Plac Teatralny)

In the 17th century, the square near the Castle was lined with aristocratic palaces. In the first half of the 19th century the majority of the buildings were demolished and replaced by the Grand Theatre with the monuments of Stanisław Moniuszko and Wojciech Bogusławski placed in the forefront. Of note is the Warsaw Meridian marked in 1880, which symbolizes the meridian 21’00 East crossing Warsaw.
The Square’s highlights include:
Blank Palace (Pałac Blanka) - belonged to a banker who used to be a regular guest at dinners organised by King Stanisław August Poniatowski. The Palace is also the place of the tragic death of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, a young poet representing the tragic generation of writers born in the 1920s. Today the Palace is the seat of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism.
Jabłonowski Palace (Pałac Jabłonowskich) - also called the Old Town Hall due to the function it performed in the 19th century.
Church of St. Andrew and St. Albert -  the smallest church in Warsaw. During the World War II it served as a hospital for the insurgents. After the war, the church was partially demolished and ‘replaced’ by a block of flats.

Ogród Saski
Saski Garden (Ogród Saski)

The park was established on the initiative of King August II Mocny as a royal garden. Originally part of the Saski Palace complex it was designed in a 'French style' and opened to the public in 1727. Its highlights include numerous sculptures, a characteristic fountain, a rotunda shaped reservoir and a sundial.


Grób Nieznanego Żołnierza
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Grób Nieznanego Żołnierza) – located in Piłsudski Square, the tomb honors all the soldiers who lost their lives fighting for their country in the World War II. The monument with its 3 arcades is the only surviving part of the Saski Palace. It is always guarded by a guard of honor. More information


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